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America's #1 Fast Food Chain Will Soon Require Face Masks to Enter

The restaurant giant joins Starbucks and Walmart in mandating face coverings.

McDonald's is the latest and the largest fast food chain to join the group of businesses making face masks mandatory on their premises. Starting August 1, customers will have to wear a face mask at all times while they're in one of their 14,000+ locations. But worry not, if you forget yours at home, the chain will have them available for you on site.

The measure comes as part of the latest safety precautions the restaurant giant announced on Friday, in a letter signed by McDonald's president Joe Erlinger, and chair of the company's National Franchise Leadership Alliance Mark Salebra. The leadership explained their face mask mandate by citing new findings about the airborne nature of coronavirus, "The latest science suggests droplets have the potential to stay in the air for extended periods of time, increasing the risk of virus spread, especially from asymptomatic carriers."

The company said they're training their staff to handle non-compliant customers in a de-escalating and constructive manner. "In those situations where a customer declines to wear a face covering, we'll put in place additional procedures to take care of them in a friendly, expedited way," Erlinger said.

The letter also states the company would be postponing reopening their dining rooms for another 30 days, and adding additional protective panels inside its restaurants.

In recent weeks, many large retailers and chains, like Chipotle, Starbucks, Walmart, and Target, announced they would be making face masks mandatory for all customers nationwide.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura