Don’t give up your mask yet.
Despite new masking guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which states that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks, masks will still be needed to shop at major retailers nationwide and enter stores. national restaurant chains like Starbucks.
At least for now.
But several companies, including Target, Walmart, CVS and Kroger, say they will re-evaluate their masking policies based on CDC guidelines.
Target will continue to demand all of our coronavirus safety measures in all stores, including masks and social distancing, as we review the CDC’s updated advice and reassess the advice we offer our team and to our guests, ”Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo said in a statement to the US TODAY.
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The CDC said Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans, for the most part, no longer need to wear masks indoors and do not have to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded spaces.
But private companies may still need masks, which most of the nation’s largest retailers began to impose last summer. There are other exceptions when the CDC recommends masks such as in healthcare facilities, transportation hubs such as airports and train stations, and public transportation.
“As a destination for the COVID vaccine and testing, we have decided to keep our current facial coverage policy in place for now,” Walgreens spokeswoman Emily Hartwig-Mekstan said in a statement to United States TODAY. “The safety of our team members and customers is our top priority and will continue to guide our decision-making process.”
Kroger said in a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, that his family of stores will continue to demand that everyone wear masks at this time. But the company said it was reviewing current security practices, the latest CDC guidelines, and seeking input from associates to guide the next phase of its policy.
Walmart told The Columbus Dispatch, also a member of the USA TODAY Network, that it is reassessing the position of its mask based on the new information.
“We are constantly evaluating our health and safety protocols related to COVID, including state executive orders and other mandate changes,” Walmart said in a statement. “We will continue to do this, keeping CDC advice and local COVID statistics in mind.”
Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, called the CDC guidelines puzzling and said in a statement that it “ignores the impact it will have on workers essentials that are frequently exposed to people who are not vaccinated and refuse to wear. masks. “
Perrone said store workers “are still forced to play police masks for shoppers who are not vaccinated and refuse to follow local COVID security measures,” and asked if they were now supposed to become the “vaccination police”.
“Vaccinations are helping us take control of this pandemic, but we must not let our guard down,” Perrone said. the policy will be implemented, how essential workers will be protected and how these workers will protect the communities they serve. “
This story will be updated.
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Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY; Brook Endale, Cincinnati Enquirer; Jim Weiker and Sarah Donaldson, The Columbus Dispatch
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