Retailer group asks governors to make masks mandatory

Source: The Hill | July 7, 2020 | John Bowden

A trade association representing major U.S. retailers on Tuesday urged state governors to issue orders requiring that people wear masks when shopping, arguing it would provide clarity for consumers and protect workers. 

In a letter to the National Governors Association, the Retail Industry Leaders Association urged governors to issue “concise, statewide orders” on masks.

“We urge every governor to require consumers who are not encumbered by a medical condition to wear masks when shopping in public spaces,” the letter said.

The request comes amid near-daily viral videos showing confrontations between people demanding that shoppers wear masks, and those who refuse to do so. 

Workers have often born the brunt of attacks from people angered by state requirements that people wear masks, and sometimes it has led to physical violence. 

“Despite compliance from the majority of Americans, retailers are alarmed with instances of hostility and violence front-line employees are experiencing by a vocal minority of customers who are under the misguided impression that wearing a mask is a violation of their civil liberties,” the RILA wrote.

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