CDC relaxes mask guidelines — but these stores will continue to require them for customers, employees


(WJW) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

But are there any changes planned for retail stores and businesses when it comes to masking requirements?

Here’s a list of companies and what they plan to do:

CNN reports a spokesperson for CVS said the chain is reevaluating its in-store policy, which currently requires customers and employees to wear masks. It is reviewing the relaxed guidelines.

Giant Eagle
In a statement, a Giant Eagle spokesperson said “as we actively evaluate the shifts in state and CDC guidance, we will continue to require anyone working or shopping in our stores to wear a mask or face covering.”


In a statement to FOX 8, Heinen’s said its leadership team is “actively working together to discuss this topic while keeping in mind the safety of our associates and customers.” The company will provide an update once one is available.

Home Depot
CNN reports Home Depot will continue to require masks for employees and customers.

Business Insider reports Kroger will also keep mask requirements in place for its customers and workers. The chain is also reviewing safety practices and the CDC’s guidance.

CNN reports Starbucks will keep mask policies for now.

In a statement to FOX 8, Target said it “will continue to require all of our coronavirus safety measures in all stores, including masks and social distancing, while we review guidance from the CDC and evaluate the guidance we offer our team and guests.”

Trader Joe’s

The company on its website saysWe 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.”

CNN reports Walgreens is currently reviewing the updated guidelines.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a statement from Walmart said it will continue to require that associates and customers wear masks and that the measures would not be lifted. The company also said, however, it is reconsidering its mask policies in light of the relaxed guidelines.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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