Best Buy to Require Face Masks

Best Buy to Require Face Masks

Heading out to your neighborhood electronics dealer? Make sure you’ve got a face mask.

This week, Richfield-based Best Buy announced that face coverings will be required in all stores starting July 15. The company said it would provide face masks for people who don’t have them. Best Buy is now one of dozens of retailers that have started requiring masks. Washington-based Costco was among the first to require face coverings back in May.

“Although the risk of infection cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is community spread of Covid-19, we’re grateful to our customers and employees for working together to do what we can to keep us all safe,” Best Buy officials said in a news release.

Minnesota doesn’t yet have any state mandate requiring masks, though individual municipalities have taken action. Masks are required in public spaces in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Edina, Minnetonka, and a handful of other cities in the state.

The lack of state or national mandates on mask-wearing has pushed many retailers into the reluctant role of enforcers. There have been numerous cases of customers pushing back—sometimes violently—against retailers’ requirements to wear face coverings.

“Best Buy believes relevant statewide policies requiring masks are an appropriate public health response in protecting frontline retail workers and customers from the growing spread of COVID-19,” Best Buy said in the release.