These Top American Brands Just Dropped Face-Mask Rules
Last Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that most people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks or stay six feet apart from others when indoors or outdoors. On Friday, major brands began dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers in their stores and restaurants, if state and local regulations allow it. (A person is considered fully vaccinated if it's been two weeks since the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single shot by Johnson & Johnson.) Here are several of the chains that have gone mask-free (with some exceptions). Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.
On Monday, Target said it would no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks, if that's consistent with local regulations. Employees who are fully vaccinated also won't be required to mask. But the company said it would continue other safety measures, such as extra cleaning and social distancing in stores.
Starbucks has dropped its mask mandate, which has been in place since July, for fully vaccinated customers. But that policy doesn't extend to baristas, CNBC reported Monday. Since February, the coffee chain has required employees to wear multi-ply facial coverings, or double mask.
If you're fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a face mask when shopping at CVS. However, the company is still requiring employees to wear masks while on the job.
Face masks are no longer required when eating at Chipotle, if you've been fully vaccinated. But Chipotle restaurant workers will still be required to wear masks, CNBC reported, citing the chain's corporate affairs office.
On Friday, Walmart announced its customers are no longer required to wear masks. "According to the CDC, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks in most indoor and outdoor settings," a news release said. The company said it would request that people who aren't fully vaccinated continue to mask in its stores; it also said that employee masking would become optional, and fully vaccinated employees were eligible to receive a $75 bonus.
Costco found itself in a bit of controversy over the weekend, when actor Rick Schroder challenged a store employee over the company's mask mandate and posted the video on his Instagram account. On Friday, the company said it would allow fully vaccinated customers to shop unmasked—but only in stores that aren't subject to a state or local mask mandate. For residents of L.A. county, like Schroder, that means you still need to mask up.
On Friday, the grocery chain announced it would discontinue its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers. "We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping," the company said. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.