GameStop Will Require All Customers To Wear Face Masks

GameStop Will Require All Customers To Wear Face Masks
Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

GameStop will require all customers to wear face masks in its United States locations starting on July 27, the company announced via press release today.

“We believe this is the right thing to do to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our associates and customers from the growing spread of COVID-19,” said GameStop CEO George Sherman in the statement. “Providing a safe environment in our stores for all customers and store associates continues to be our top priority and wearing a face covering is a simple step every one of us can take to ensure the safety of others in our stores.”

The reopen several locations in April.

With this, GameStop joins Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Starbucks in the growing list of businesses requiring customers wear masks, both for their own safety and the safety of others.

While many countries have fought back the covid-19 pandemic with government assistance and common-sense public health considerations, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the United States continues to rise. States have been slow to enact mask requirements, with some politicians even pushing back on the idea despite all indications that masks are vital to stopping the spread of the virus.


  • Ah, good… More video content for people to watch of Karens losing their shit going all, “This is ‘Merica! How dare you try to take away muh freedumz!”

  • An easy policy to put in place when you’re sitting in head office looking to justify your job. It’s another thing entirely when you’re putting your own minimum wage staff with no conflict management training in conflict situations by expecting them to act as unqualified corporate security enforcers on the general population.

    All these styles of policies have lead to are staff being subject to various forms abuse and bullying, and in at least two cases (a bus driver and a security guard), people actually being killed simply because they asked people to wear masks.

    Although I note that the original US-Kotaku article has since been edited to add “[UPDATE: But Employees Can’t Enforce It]”.

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