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Target and CVS stores joining retailers requiring masks for customers

A Target employee gives instructions to customers as they line up outside just before opening time on Thursday, March 19, at Eastridge Mall in Casper. Shipments of paper products and other in-demand items were stocked overnight. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – Target and CVS will require all customers entering the store to wear masks, adding to a growing number of major U.S. retailers adopting the policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to USA Today, Target told the newspaper their mask policy will be implemented on August 1. It will exclude “those with underlying medical conditions and young children.”

Target said it will provide customers with disposable masks at store entrances.

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CVS will implement their mask policy starting Monday, July 20, according to a release.

“To be clear, we’re not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer,” said the release. “What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering.”

The major retailers join Walmart, which announced a new mask policy on Wednesday, along with Best Buy and Kroger grocery stores.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.