The National Retail Federation world’s largest retail trade association, seeking all the retailers to adopt a nationwide mask policy that requires customers to wear a face mask with a view to protecting the health and well-being of the customers, associates, and employees.

“Workers serving customers should not have to make a critical decision as to whether they should risk exposure to infection or lose their jobs because a minority of people refuse to wear masks in order to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus,” the statement added.

The health and safety of associates and customers is retailers’ number one priority and wearing a face covering or mask is scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19, NRF said applauding the leadership of companies like Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Apple, Qurate Retail Group, Costco and others that have implemented nationwide mask mandates.

Last week, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) too requested the US administration to institute federal face mask guidelines to assist retail stores as the country continues efforts to safely reopen. AAFA suggested that usage standards, while based on medical guidance and promulgated nationally to avoid confusion, must be enforced locally.