Walmart, Target, Walt Disney World, Starbucks and Others Are Dropping Mandatory Face Masks Policy After CDC COVID-19 Update

Walmart, Target, Walt Disney World, Starbucks and Others Are Dropping Mandatory Face Masks Policy After CDC COVID-19 Update

The announcement from the Centers for Disease Control  & Prevention (CDC) stating that people who have received the full vaccination are not required to wear face masks has the world returning back to some type of normalcy. And with that normalcy, the general public is anxious to find out which retailers have already decided to relax the requirements of their face covering policies.

According to Yahoo Finance, these retailers have put out statements pertaining to their most recent face-covering policies:

Target said Monday that it “will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in its stores, except where it’s required by local ordinances.”

Walmart stated, “Unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings, per CDC guidance. We are also reviewing whether masks may still be required for certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes and will share additional guidance soon. Some associates may choose to continue to wear masks, and as part of our value of respect for the individual we should all support their right to do so.”

Starbucks stated: “It is our responsibility to protect our partners and customers, and we are committed to meeting or exceeding all public health mandates. With widespread vaccine availability and the ongoing progress against COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that fully vaccinated people can resume indoor activities without wearing a mask, except where required by local regulations or law. As such, facial coverings will be optional for vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, unless local regulations require them by law. As we continue to ensure the health and well-being of our partners and customers, our restrooms generally remain temporarily closed to the public in stores where the café or café seating is unavailable.”

Costco: In Costco locations where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate, we will allow members and guests who are fully vaccinated to enter Costco without a face mask or face shield. We will not require proof of vaccination, but we ask for members’ responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy. Face coverings will still be required in health care settings, including Pharmacy, Optical, Hearing Aid. Costco continues to recommend that all members and guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield.”

According to Fox Business:

Trader Joe’s stated, “We will trust our customers and not request or require proof of vaccination.”

Walt Disney World Resort: “Please bring your own face coverings and wear them in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing,” Disney World’s updated COVID-19 guidelines read. “Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but are still required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters, and transportation.”