A Walmart store in Derry, NH, on November 2020. The company says fully vaccinated customers will no longer need to wear masks and vaccinated workers will stop wearing them as of Tuesday. The company does not require proof of status. Charles Krupa / AP hide caption
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Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, announced Friday that customers in its 5,000+ stores across the country will no longer need to wear masks.
The super retail store changed the rules a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it safe for fully vaccinated adults Resuming most activities, indoors or outdoors, in groups or individually, without a mask and without social distancing.
Walmart urges customers who have not yet received their vaccine to continue wearing a mask. a Walmart press release said.
“According to the CDC, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks in most indoor and outdoor areas,” a press release said. “Fully vaccinated” means that it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Walmart also gave employees two new reasons to get vaccinated: starting Tuesday, masks are optional for fully vaccinated employees, and vaccination records bring in a $ 75 bonus. Unvaccinated employees must still wear masks. Some health and hygiene positions may need to do the same.
For employees, the only barrier between an ongoing pandemic procedure and a mask-free world is a daily health assessment, where employees are expected to respond truthfully to the vaccine.
“If you are not vaccinated, we expect you to answer ‘no’ and keep wearing face-covering. Integrity is one of our core values and we trust that employees respect this principle when answering,” the press release said.
If cities and states continue to need masks, the Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in those areas will meet the requirements.
Other retail stores are expected to have similar rules as they adhere to state and local regulations. Many of these agencies have terminated the mask mandate – some since the new guidelines were announced and others earlier.