With coronavirus cases surging across America, the retail stores are yet again hit badly across the country. It’s worrying times for the industry again!
The American Apparel & Footwear Association, better known as AAFA, in a letter to American President Donald Trump, has urged for immediately instituting consistent national face mask guidelines so as to help the retail sector in its efforts to reopen stores.
In the letter to the President, Steve Lamar, President and CEO, AAFA, said that while making this appeal, AAFA is joining other business groups and medical professionals who have made a similar request, noting that widespread usage of face masks in enclosed public spaces is an effective brake on the spread of the deadly pandemic.
He added that while face masks alone cannot prevent transmission, they do, to a great extent, control the spread — especially when used in concurrence with other prudent measures such as effective social distancing and frequent handwashing.
Steve said, in the letter, that a national face mask usage standard would not only safeguard retail employees as well as the customers, but also remove any confusion amongst American shoppers with regard to their local facemask requirements.
AAFA hopes President will take an immediate action and help the retailers sustain a recovery that can return American citizens and American economy to full health.
Notably, versions of the letter were also sent to the heads of National Association of Counties, National Governors Association and the US Conference of Mayors.
As on Sunday (12 July), the number of new COVID infections in the country, reportedly, touched 70,000 with death count crossing 1,35,000.
Sunday also saw President Trump wear the mask in public for the first time.