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Japan’s First Edible Face Masks Will Curb COVID-19 And Your Hunger

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Japan’s long been known to stretch the boundaries of creativity when it comes to everyday products, which is why edible melon bread face masks are another mind-blowing concept to bolster that claim.

Goku No Kimochi, a company that manages a number of Japanese massage parlours, has a division under it called Goku No Kimochi THE LABO, that’s collaborated with Melon De Melon, a bakery that specializes in serving up melon bread. Though the concept sounds lowkey gimmicky at best and sketchy at worst, the masks have undergone official testing by a third-party called Untika Garmentec Research. Results from this testing proved to be positive and effective in offering protection against the spread of COVID-19.

Make no mistake these melon bread face masks are in fact edible, so if you’re looking to end your day with a snack after using it, you’ll be met with quite a tasty situation.

If you’re looking to curve your hunger and COVID-19, the masks are selling for $16.44 and can be bought here.

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Walmart Requiring Face Masks To Enter Starting July 20th

Walmart has added on to the growing list of retailers implementing face mask requirements for customers to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

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Starting on July 20th, all Walmart customers will need to be wearing a face mask to gain entry into stores to shop. Walmart will be deploying trained “Health Ambassadors” to remind guests of the new requirements.

At Walmart’s Costco-like subsidiary, Sam’s Club, complimentary masks will be available for members, who can also purchase face masks inside of the store.

Walmart has cited the CDC in their decision to add this policy, saying that “face coverings help decrease the spread of COVID-19, and because the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected, it’s critically important for everyone to wear a face covering in public and social distance.”

The new policy was announced the same day that Starbucks’ own face mask requirements are scheduled to take effect. It also comes shortly after CDC Director Robert Redfield stated that if everyone wore face masks and practiced social distancing, COVID-19 could be controlled within 1-2 months.

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NO MASKS, NO SERVICE: Starbucks’ New Rule For Customers Starts July 15th

Starbucks just updated its policies for how the coffee chain plans to continue to serve customers through the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the biggest additions is that the company will introduce a face mask requirement for all customers entering their stores.

The new policy, which goes into effect July 15th, marks a significant change of language from how Starbucks previously approached face masks. Previous language asked customers who came into stores to wear them, but did not require them to have one to gain entry.

Baristas have, and will continue, to wear facial coverings while in stores.

During a time when face masks have been questionably politicized, Starbucks is taking an informed stance on safety recommendations to help limit the spread of COVID-19 while folks are picking up coffee, beverages, and breakfast.

These changes also come as some states have begun to reopen both indoor and outdoor dining, with safety precautions, for customers. However, as COVID-19 cases have resurged across the United States, several areas have re-closed indoor dining operations.

For those who still object to wearing face masks but still want Starbucks, delivery, curbside pickup, and drive-thru orders are alternative options to going inside. This is only available, however, “at select locations where a local government mandate is not in place,” according to the new policy.