Here are the major retailers that have updated their mask policy

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updating its guidance to say vaccinated individuals can go indoors without masks, major retailers across the country are deliberating their mask policy.

There are some major retailers who are following the CDC’s guidance and have completely dropped their mask requirements for vaccinated individuals in their stores.

Walmart announced on Friday that vaccinated customers do not need to continue to wear masks in their stores, but did not comment on how they would know if an individual has been vaccinated. 

Starbucks followed suit on Saturday saying that vaccinated individuals don’t need to wear masks starting May 17.

Trader Joe’s put on its website for “customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping.”

Costco said vaccinated individuals in areas where the state or local officials do not have a mask mandate will be able to enter their stores without a mask. 

Publix updated its guidance along with Sam’s Club to match the CDC.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said it is also lifting the mask mandate for casinos for vaccinated individuals and said that proof of vaccination is not required. However, they will not stop individual casinos from deciding if they want proof of vaccination.

However, some businesses are choosing to keep their mask mandate for now as they review the guidance and the company policies they have created for the pandemic this past year.

Target 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,” Target said.

CVS is also keeping its mask mandate as it reviews the CDC’s policy. “The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said.

Home Depot will be keeping their mask mandate for the time being along with Dollar General.

Clothing stores such as Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and JCPenny will be requiring masks as well. 

As debates about vaccine passports spur, most stores are relying on individuals not to lie about their vaccination status when dropping the mask mandate.

Many do not believe unvaccinated people will be honest about their status which could cause some hesitations for companies to drop the mandate.

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