Coronavirus: Chipotle customers required to wear face masks

Customers visiting Chipotle restaurants nationwide will be required to wear masks beginning Friday, according to the company officials and CNN.

Signs have gone up in the company’s more than 2,600 restaurants announcing the change, CNN reported.

Chipotle previously added masks to their employees' uniforms and created a position responsible solely for directing customers, managing the dining room and sanitizing the space as guests complete their meals in areas where dine-in options are still available.

Earlier this year, Chipotle gave out bonuses totaling more than $6.5 million to employees to help support them during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Chipotle's dining rooms are operating at limited capacities in areas where dine-in options are still available. The company has also outfitted restaurants with floor decals, seat mats and hand sanitizing stations to help enforce measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The chain joins a growing list of businesses nationwide requiring that customers take precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Other businesses that have required face masks for customers include McDonald's, Walmart, United Airlines, Home Depot, Lowes and several others.

The United States leads the world with the most coronavirus cases and the highest death toll. Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed more than 4 million infections and reported more than 144,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 15.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide and more than 635,000 people have died of the viral infection, according to Johns Hopkins.