Friday, February 3, 2023


Prepare to mask up at Walmart

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Staple shopping center of many RVers, Walmart has a big change. The company says it will require all customers coming into their stores to wear a face mask. The mandate goes into effect Monday, July 20. Since already 65 percent of its U.S. Walmart and Sam’s Club operations are in jurisdictions where masks are government-mandated, it wants to bring consistency across the brand.

“To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20,” Walmart U.S .chief operating officer Dacona Smith and Sam’s Club chief operating officer Lance De La Rosa said in a blog post Wednesday. “This will give us time to inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on the new protocols.”

Many businesses have shied away from mandating masks. Some are fearful of angering customers who don’t want to wear one. Other companies have indicated they don’t want to put their front-line employees into the role of “enforcers.” When a mask-less customer heads in the door they worry about a reaction. Walmart is preparing for that eventuality. It’s designating certain trained employees as “health ambassadors.” “Our ambassadors will receive special training to help make the process as smooth as possible for customers,” the company said. “The ambassadors, identifiable by their black polo shirt, will work with customers who show up at a store without a face covering to try and find a solution.”

Another international chain likewise requires face masks on customers entering their stores. Starbucks says all company-owned U.S. locations have  put the rule into effect. If a customer still wants their branded-brew but won’t comply with the masking rule, they can still get their java. Use the drive-up window, or order on-line and have it brought to their car in the parking lot. Or they can use the “Starbucks Delivers” service to have it brought straight to their home.

Walmart and Starbucks are not alone among big retailers who are shifting to the mask required stand. Grocery giant Kroger and clothing retailer Kohl’s have also indicated that masks will soon be a new mandatory dress code for customers. Costco stores have required masks for customers and employees since May 4. Privately owned companies are free to implement mask rules, regardless of local or state law.



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Traveling Tee
2 years ago

We just lost a member of our RV club to Covid-19 so it has hit close to home for me. It’s not asking too much to protect customers and employees by wearing a mask.

2 years ago a scientific look at the mask fallacy and why we’re told to wear them.
Hopefully when you do a search on there website you can find the article.

Lisa Adcox
2 years ago

Went to Walmart in Kerrville,TX and female employee who was making sure shoppers wore mask and offered guest a mask was not wearing one herself. The guy that was there when we arrived wore a mask but noticed when bv leaving. Seen two employees not wearing mask. Then went to Dollar Store in Junction,TX and one cashier not wearing mask but sign on door says required. There were guest not wearing and nothing said. I wear one because that’s what the rule is. Seems it only applies to some.

2 years ago

They should have done this a few months ago.,. like Costco did.

chris p hemstead
2 years ago

This isn’t real difficult. Wear the {bleeped} mask or stay home.

2 years ago

I can’t understand the fetish folks have for “eating out” or paying serious money for a coffee they could make at home for nickels compared to dollars. As for Walmart. Stop consuming folks, Reduce, Reuse, Reduce, Refuse – you’ll be safer in the pocket book and wouldn’t have to expose yourselves to an environment that in all likelihood has never been sanitary, safe, or pleasant.

2 years ago

Can’t post pics here, but I saw a good one the other day. It showed a kid with a grimace on his face saying, “So me, wearing a bullet proof backpack to a school with metal detectors, armed guards, and regular mass shooter drills is ‘the price of freedom,’ but you, wearing a mask in Walmart for 10 minutes is tyranny?”

Cheryl Bacon
2 years ago
Reply to  RLS

Oh That is a good one!

Roger Marble
2 years ago

Wonder what percentage of “Anti-Maskers” would want to be served at a restaurant by staff that refused to wash their hands after a visit to the restroom. Why should the staff be required to wash their hands? Shouldn’t they have the same “freedom” as the rest of us?

2 years ago
Reply to  Roger Marble

Ridiculous Roger, but I get the idea. I was in a mayor hardware store the other day Princess Auto, (same as Habour Freifght in America). The store would have been open for three hours when I entered. A few minutes into the store, unable to find what I was looking for and finding on the floor nothing but dumb people stocking shelves – none of whom were able to help me find the product, I felt the urge. I used the restroom, and proceeded to the wash sinks to wash my hands – both sinks were both as dry as a bone -neither had been used that day.

With the volume of humans going through that store that day and any day for that matter, someone (many) would have had to use that facility, and not ONE WASHED THEIR HANDS. Disgusting, that’s why I avoid public places and crowds all I can .

Given the current situation I conclude that at least some of the roosters have come home to roost.

2 years ago

Been to Wal-Mart several times where employees masks are required. Noticed many of them are not covering their nose with the mask. What good is it? Sent an email informing Wal-Mart of this. NO CHANGE. HOW MUCH DOES WAL-MART CARE?

Ellen L
2 years ago
Reply to  Leon

I have also seen people not covering their nose with the mask. I guess they think if it’s somewhere on their face, that’s good enough.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ellen L

Ellen, most folks unaccustomed to wearing a face mask are being driven crazy wearing one.
As an automotive painter working for 40 plus years in an auto-body shop I lived with a mask on my face. However – not everyone can adapt to this,and many will never be able to.
It grosses me out to see those folks you talked of handling that mask taking it on and off their mouth wearing it on their chin one moment and around their neck the next minute etc etc,

Dream as you might – It isn’t working and can’t work. I prefer the route of aquiring a natural immunity to this and every other thing that’s come down the pike in my 70 plus years – that was going to kill us all. Nature intended humans to acquire a natural immunity – not to fill the natural body with drugs.

Ever wonder why a baby can get away with eating dirt and all the other gross things a kid will do as they mature and survive – same principle.

2 years ago
Reply to  Leon

And pulling down the mask below their chin to talk.

NC has a state order to wear masks in public places. 20% of store employees and customers ignore it.

Our local Lowes was good about masks early on even passing out masks. Last week half the employees weren’t even trying to wear masks correctly.

2 years ago
Reply to  Irv

It is called training and enforcement by the management.
If you don’t want to wear the mask, your employment here is not needed.

Captn John
2 years ago

Can’t recall being in any of those places, don’t plan on going there either. It’s the store’s right to set policy. I can find what I want somewhere else or online.

2 years ago
Reply to  Captn John

Can’t recall or won’t recall

Paul Goldberg
2 years ago

We wear masks when in public. If I see a store that does NOT have a mask required sign we exercise our freedom of choice and desire to stay healthy by moving on to another location. We do not confront, we just step around. We have encountered individuals who lower the mask below their jaw once in the store, we step around or take another aisle.

Last edited 2 years ago by Paul Goldberg
RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul Goldberg

Thank you for being responsible and considerate individuals, Paul. I saw a video last week about an older gal who apparently wore a mask to get into a Costco store, then took it off and left it hanging from one ear. A store employee very patiently and reasonably tried to convince her to either put the mask on or she would need to leave the store. What does she do? As a commenter stated, she threw a 3-year-old-type tantrum and sat down on the floor. Yep … that’s the “adult” way to handle the spread of the pandemic all right. 🙄 Take care and stay healthy. 😀 —Diane at

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