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Nat’l corporate face mask sought

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Jul 18, 2020 - 03:14 AM

LMBC NEWS – Due to the rising cases of Covid-19, the association of CEOs from major U.S. corporations Business Roundtable (BRT) on Friday has sought for mandatory use of face coverings.

The call aims to protect the public health and the economy as the “failure to bring the pandemic under control will have devastating, long-term consequences for millions of Americans”, the BRT said in a statement.

“One of the most effective things we can all do to protect public health and the economy is to wear face coverings in public settings, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Business Roundtable applauds the many companies that are protecting their employees and customers by mandating the use of face coverings indoors consistent with CDC guidelines,” it said.

The group began calling for consistent federal and state guidelines on safety measures, including face coverings, in April, and recently co-signed a letter with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other leading business associations to support a national mask standard implemented locally.

The announcement follows policy changes from Walmart, Target, CVS Health, Best Buy and Kroger this week that require customers to wear masks in stores nationwide.

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon serves as BRT chairman.

“We encourage every company to adopt this practice and hope that all Americans will adopt the use of face coverings to protect their families, friends, neighbors, and our economy,” BRT continued.

Business Roundtable has also launched a series of COVID-19 safety PSA ads as part of a public education campaign to further encourage the use of face coverings to address the upward trend of COVID-19 cases in several states.

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