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McDonald's will require customers to wear face masks at its US restaurants

McDonald’s will require customers at its U.S. stores to wear face masks starting August 1.
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/ Source: TODAY

McDonald’s will require customers to wear face masks at 14,000 locations in the United States as coronavirus cases continue to increase in parts of the country.

The rule will start being enforced on August 1.

"While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers," McDonald's said in a statement released on Friday.

The fast food chain is also putting in place measures for how to still serve customers who refuse to wear face masks in a “friendly, expedited way.”

“Additionally, we will provide training for our restaurant staff to ensure they are prepared to address this new policy in a friendly and positive way. We also will re-share resources for our and our franchisees’ employees who want to revisit de-escalation training,” the statement added.

In addition to the new face mask mandate, McDonald’s is also adding protective panels for its employees at the front and back of the kitchen. Indoor dining reopenings are also being paused for at least 30 days.

While many cities have mandated face coverings, many popular restaurants and stores are also adding a mask requirement.

Starbucks, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Publix and Kroger are some of the major retailers requiring masks at all locations nationwide. Target and Gap brand stores will also start enforcing a mask rule on August 1.