Wal-Mart has joined other big businesses in requiring customers to wear face-coverings while they are shopping in their stores, in an effort to stop the spread of COVID. Other stores include Costco, Walgreen, CVS, Dollar Tree, Menards, Best Buy, Aldi, and The Apple Store. It was pointed out by AARP that some of these store strongly suggest, but don't require the use of a face covering. It's best to take one, just in case.
The pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, it is ramping up. Hot temperatures are driving people to Florida beaches, where officials announced July 11 that 15,299 people tested positive for COVID; a daily record-breaking number for that state. Other states had record-breaking positive cases as well, including Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.
It was announced July 14 that Chicago will require anyone traveling from Iowa to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to the Windy City. This is just the latest city/state to require Iowans to quarantine this summer while traveling. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania also require Iowans or anyone visiting Iowa to quarantine for two weeks.
Just a reminder: The best way to combat the spread of the virus is use common sense; quarantine when you are sick, wear a mask or face covering when you are in a public setting, and practice social distancing. Visit Iowa's official COVID site for more information and updates.