Kroger to require face masks in all stores

(Photo Supplied/Kroger Grocery)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO) – Kroger has announced that it will start to require face masks on July 22.

The company states the requirement is due to the increase of COVID-19 cases across the country.  “As America’s grocer, we are committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus.”

Kroger says their “most urgent priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been to provide a safe environment for our associates and customers while meeting our societal obligation to provide open stores, e-commerce solutions and an efficiently operating supply chain so that our communities have access to fresh, affordable food and essentials.”

Starting July 22, Kroger will require all customers to wear masks in their stores.  Currently, their employees are already required to wear masks.  The decision came because of the recommendation of the CDC which states that wearing a facial covering, combined with social distancing and frequent hand washing has been scientifically proved to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


  1. Seems rational…the Me-too face mask movement!! They (all companies and communities except Menards/Walgreens) didn’t require masks while “flattening the curve” to reduce impact to hospital capacities, but now masks are useful? Yep, makes sense.

    On a side Note: How are Hospitals doing. What was the recent Story… Parkview lost $110M so far this year? And how many were Laid off during the “all hands on deck” shut down?

    The Irony of what’s happening this election year is quite amazing.

  2. If there’s any percentage that it will help the person wearing the mask or another person isn’t it worth it? I don’t believe it provides absolutely no help.

  3. Governor needs to shoot this B S down. Corporations don’t get to make laws & demands there violating are constitutional rights.

  4. Boggie man virus. It’s all a big wealth distribution scam. Follow the money repo market went bust in September 2019.

  5. To me the whole mask wearing can be answered with a simple question: Do you have individual rights as a private individual where you are responsible for your own personal health and safety? Or does the government and businesses own the responsibility of a private individual’s health and safety?

    Once upon a time, each person is responsible for their own safety and health. I’m an adult, I can make my own decisions. Everyone knows themselves and IF they are at risk (a very small percentage is at risk). The same people would need to stay clear of other illnesses such as the flu. There’s no mystery here. If your at-risk, stay home or wear a mask. For the young and healthy, a mask is pointless. How else do people develop resistance to other diseases? Not by wearing masks.

    Wearing a mask only slows the spread, but the same amount of people will still end up with the virus (flattening the curve). Hospitals are nowhere near capacity and weren’t even close at the height of the 1st wave when people weren’t wearing masks.

    At this point, Mask wearing just seems political and a way of herding sheep with media fear.

    If the Government and businesses own the right to your health and safety, perhaps the line at McDonalds drive-thru should sew McDonalds and the State of Indiana for their obesity?

  6. Well, most stores also have a “no shirt” “no shoes” “no service” policy too. Stores are at liberty to impose the rules they want as long as it doesn’t infringe on Constitutional Rights (but I’m sure there could be some debate on that too). If you walk into a store vomiting all over the place they will ultimately ask you to leave. If you are using language filled with expletives you’ll be asked to leave. There’s plenty of reasons one can be asked to leave or denied service. Requiring customers to wear a mask is one of them. If you don’t like it, don’t patronize the establishment.

    • I agree “Stores are at liberty to impose the rules”.

      A case could easily be made that mask wearing is unconstitutional: Dr. Fauci said several months back wearing a mask is “theater” for most people. Several Mayors said that it is a sign of solidarity. Others say that it is a sign of fear, therefore, not wearing it shows you are not afraid.

      Based on those citations of expression.. which is a form of speech and therefore protected by the 1st.

  7. Well said Rocky and thank you. I, honestly, had not thought of it like that. I appreciate that WOWO’s website is one of the few local forums that still has a comment section. I find it very informative.


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