McDonald's and Chipotle will require customers to wear masks as Covid-19 cases surge

McDonald's and Chipotle announced they would soon require customers to wear masks or other face coverings as...

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 1:36 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2020 1:41 PM

McDonald's and Chipotle announced they would soon require customers to wear masks or other face coverings as cases of Covid-19 surge across the United States.

McDonald's announced Friday that starting August 1, customers who walk into its restaurants will have to wear face coverings.

Chipotle's mask requirement was effective Friday, and signage has been put up at restaurants to let people know about the policy, a spokesperson told CNN Business. During a call this week discussing the company's second-quarter financial results, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol said that many customers already wear masks and take other safety measures.

The moves follow similar policies from major restaurant chains and retailers, including Starbuck, Panera, Walmart, and Kroger.

McDonald's said that about 80% of its restaurants are in areas that already require face coverings. But "it's important we protect the safety of all employees and customers," the company said in a statement.

It's also anticipating that some customers might not like the new rule.

"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," McDonald's said, adding that that employees will be trained "to ensure they are prepared to address this new policy in a friendly and positive way." Customers who enter a McDonald's location without a mask will be offered one by an employee. If they refuse to wear it, they'll be asked to stand at a designated spot, away from other customers, where they'll receive their orders.

Starbucks also advised its staff on how to handle customers who refuse to wear a face covering.

The coffee chain sent around tips and talking points to staff before its rule took effect. Employees were advised to encourage customers who don't want to wear masks to wait outside or in their cars for their orders, and offer them a glass of water while they wait. They could also offer a free drink the next time the customer comes in, as long as they wear a mask. Employees were encouraged to offer masks to customers who don't have them.

McDonald's also said Friday that it is continuing its pause on reopening dining rooms for another 30 days.

— CNN Business' Nathaniel Meyersohn contributed to this report.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 500709

Reported Deaths: 9977
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34312538
DeSoto32080403
Hinds31924627
Jackson24482379
Rankin21983390
Lee15530235
Madison14574280
Jones13838242
Forrest13447251
Lauderdale11985316
Lowndes11030188
Lamar10508135
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Hancock7728126
Washington7422157
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Monroe6769176
Warren6682176
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Neshoba6635206
Panola6520131
Marshall6462134
Bolivar6313148
Union602494
Pike5817152
Alcorn5667101
Lincoln5433135
George496779
Scott472698
Tippah469081
Prentiss466881
Leflore4657144
Itawamba4633105
Adams4586119
Tate4584110
Copiah448592
Simpson4445116
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Stone359764
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Winston314291
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Holmes267887
Smith263850
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Tallahatchie227151
Greene219048
Walthall218763
Lawrence212440
Perry205356
Amite205155
Webster202746
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Jefferson Davis171542
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Franklin120028
Quitman106428
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson94534
Sharkey64020
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Reported Deaths: 15320
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Pike4722105
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