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Business groups urge public, lawmakers to rally for masks

Retailers, manufacturers, life insurers, U.S. Chamber press for national standard, industry uniformity and voluntary compliance

July 24, 2020
By William Ehart

Trade groups concerned about the safety of workers and the economic impact of failing to quell the pandemic are calling for a national face mask policy and even urging their members and industries to require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces.

“Retailers are protecting the health and safety of communities they serve. Our elected leaders need to set politics aside and follow their example,” the National Retail Federation said pointedly in a July 15 statement urging all retailers to require face coverings.

It came the same day as Walmart’s announcement that it would mandate masks in all stores. NRF also praised other retailers for their mask requirements, including Starbucks, Best Buy and BJ’s Wholesale Club, among others.