Current mask policies at several grocery chains

Business & Consumer

(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 CDC 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.

As of Friday, here’s where several major chains stand when it comes to masking requirements:

CVS
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.

Costco
Members won’t have to show proof of vaccination, but face masks or face shields will still be mandatory in the pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid centers.

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

Kroger
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.

Starbucks
CNN reports Starbucks will keep mask policies for now.

Target
Face coverings are no longer required in stores for people who are fully vaccinated, except when required by “local ordinances.”

Walgreens
CNN reports Walgreens is currently reviewing the updated guidelines.

Walmart
In a statement to WJW, Walmart said fully vaccinated associates will not need to wear a mask at work starting Tuesday, May 18. 

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 soonSome 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,” Walmart said.

Beginning Friday, May 14, vaccinated customers and members are welcome to shop without a mask. Walmart will continue to request that non-vaccinated customers and members wear face coverings.

“Masks will also continue to be required by some city and state ordinances, and we will follow those requirements,” Walmart’s statement said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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