Business_news Dollar Tree once again pivots on mask policy – now requires customers to wear face coverings

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  • Dollar Tree and its Family Dollar brand are once again requiring customers to wear masks in stores.
  • Dollar Tree last reversed its mask mandate in July, even as other major retailers beganorderingshoppers to don masks.
  • On its website, Dollar Tree said that the newly reinstated policy will allow shoppers and workers to “protect one another.”
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Dollar-store giant Dollar Tree will now require all customers to don masks in order to shop at its stores. The company’s subsidiary chain, Family Dollar, has alsoadoptedthe new mandate.

“To best help protect one another, and in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are requiring all associates, customers, and vendors to wear face coverings when inside our stores,” the company said in a statement on itswebsite.

Dollar Tree did not immediately respond to business Insider’s request for comment.

The decision is yet another reversal for the retailer. In July, the chainrolled backits mask requirement, softening its policy language to merely “request” that shoppers wear face coverings. The policy change occurred even as other major retailers began institutingmask requirements.

It is unclear the degree to which Dollar Tree and Family Dollar employees will be expected to enforce the new policy. Since retailers began establishing mask policies, there have been a number of violent incidents against store workers attempting toenforcethe rules. In May, aFamily Dollar security guardwas shot and killed after confronting a maskless customer.

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