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Shoppers say they avoid Wilson Walmart where not all wear masks

Posted November 24, 2020 6:51 p.m. EST
Updated November 24, 2020 6:58 p.m. EST

— The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services identified Wilson County as a hot spot for COVID-19 cases. The county has a rate of 500 cases per 100,000 residents and the impact on county hospitals is high.

Although Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday re-emphasized that masks should be worn when ever people from different households gather, WRAL News found shoppers and even an employee at the Walmart on Forest Hills Road without them.

Celestine Burnette says because not all shoppers are following rules, she avoids going out unless she needs essentials.

"I am very concerned that we are not thinking about other people," said Burnette as she left the store’s parking lot. "I just believe it would help so much if we comply."

Other shoppers said they avoid that Walmart location.

"You go in there and people aren’t wearing masks, people aren’t six feet apart," said Anthony P. Cox. "This thing is rising at a rate now where’s it’s out of control."

A Walmart spokesperson said that both employees and customers are required to wear face coverings unless they have a medical condition which prevents them from doing so.

"We appreciate this being brought to our attention," said Walmart in a statement, "And will reemphasize our standards and associate expectations with store leadership."

"We will also continue encouraging customers to be mindful of one another during this unprecedented time and adhere to company and community guidelines and recommendations within our stores."

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