I guess if the government isn't going to help, it's up to businesses to do so.

Over the last couple of weeks, Walmart, CVS, Kohl's, Target, United Supermarkets and others have mandated masks for entry into their stores (Home Depot joins the club as of Wednesday, and Target on August 1st).

I think it's great that these business leaders have stepped up to keep their employees and customers safe.

I guess 'this is America,' and a business, whether local or worldwide, has the right to jeopardize people's health by not being a part of this proactive movement. It's sad that someone would choose this shortcut for themselves and stretch out this national tragedy for everyone else. We have certainly seen a number of bad actors locally, but I'd rather lift up the leaders.

I certainly hope our local businesses will adopt similar safety standards. As much as you don't want to lose a mask-less customer, these big businesses will take all of the customers who ARE concerned with safety standards. I would also point out that if you want to choose between the mask or no mask crowd, that currently 90 percent of Americans are now using masks. If you have to lose business over this issue, it's probably better to lose the 10 percent who refuse to wear masks.

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