The association representing major retailers including Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Target is pushing for state governors to mandate wearing face masks.
"We urge every governor to require consumers who are not incumbered [sic] by a medical condition to wear masks when shopping or in public spaces," Retail Industry Leaders Association President Brian Dodge said in a letter Monday to the National Governors Association.
"Retailers commend the governors who have chosen to lead on this issue by requiring citizens in their state to wear a mask, and we respectfully ask that those governors that haven't yet required masks in public to do so immediately," Dodge's letter continues.
Nineteen states currently mandate the wearing of face masks, including Washington, Texas, New York, North Carolina, California and Kansas.
None of the orders apply to children younger than 2 or people with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
President Donald Trump will likely not require all Americans to wear masks, even though most Republicans advocate for doing so.
"When we look at masks and the wearing of masks, that's done on a location basis when you can't have social distancing," chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News. "Certainly a national mandate is not in order."
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