I was at the Bloomington MN store a few days before the governor of MN announced mandatory mask use. About half of employees there had face shields, not masks. The CDC has stated that face shields are not as effective as masks. You state that employees will wear 'face coverings' but face shields do not provide the same protection as masks. While I could understand shields being available for conversing with disabled people as an exception, I do not think having so many employees using a shield as their only protection is advisable. I personally do not feel comfortable being in the REI store when so many employees are getting around the safety requirements through loopholes. When you ban faceshields I may reconsider shopping in your stores again.
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