Canadians should be pretty used to putting their masks on before going to any stores by now. However, some businesses haven't actually made it an official rule, leaving it up to local by-laws. Winners and Homesense are the latest retailers to make the 2020 fashion item mandatory.\nEditor's Choice: COVID-19 In BC: Province Hits Its Highest Single-Day Jump & A Crackdown Is Coming\nThe new rules came into effect for both stores on August 17, according to updated information on both the Winners and Homesense safety pages regarding COVID-19.\nThey both note, however, that exemptions will be made for young children, as well as those who have health conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings.\nWinners and Homesense staff were already required to wear masks while working.\nThe same requirements will also be implemented at Marshalls.\nBecause the rule is being instituted by the stores themselves, customers will have to follow it even if they live in a region where masks in indoor spaces are not a requirement.\nAll three businesses, which are part of the TJX family of companies, join Walmart Canada, which instituted this same rule at all of its locations across the country.\nWalmart noted that the majority of their stores were already in regions where masks had been mandated by local laws.\nView this post on Instagram Hey Décor Lovers, we’ve missed you! As select locations are re-opening, the health of our customers and associates is our number one priority. Swipe 👈 to see just some of the changes we’ve made to provide you with a safe shopping experience! See link in bio for more information! Stay safe, xo HomeSense A post shared by HomeSense (@homesensecanada) on May 25, 2020 at 7:21am PDT\nWinners, Homesense, and Marshalls were among some of the earliest Canadian retailers to reopen their doors after non-essential businesses were forced to close.\nIn Ontario, they welcomed people back on May 27, with some stores seeing massive lines forming around the block.\nLocations in other provinces also opened up. However, Newfoundlanders had to wait a little bit longer before they could shop at them again.\nThe sense of relief and happiness over Winners and Homesense opening back up was so huge that Canadians were even making some hilarious Tiktok videos about being able to finally go back and hunt for some great bargains.\nAlong with mandatory masks, the stores have also implemented other precautions, such as limiting the number of customers in the store and providing sanitizer.