After CDC news, Trader Joe's, Walmart drop mask rules

Alonzo Simpson
May 15, 2021

"We will trust our customers and not request or require proof of vaccination", a Trader Joe's spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement when asked whether the grocery store will require customers to show vaccination documentation.

"That's why the CDC and others are still requiring those in healthcare facilities to wear masks", he said.

According to the posts, the new policy was "effective immediately."

The updated protocol comes following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's easement on Thursday of mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

The CDC director also cited two real-world studies that looked at 9,000 health care workers in United States and one real-world study from Israel suggesting fully vaccinated people are not likely to carry and spread the virus.

Harmons will be removing the mask requirement and signs in all its stores.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a statement to that effect Thursday, confirming that anyone who received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago can safely go about their day without a face mask.

Meanwhile, Smith's parent company, Kroger, says it will continue to require its customers wear masks as they review their policies regarding face coverings.

But the announcement represents a quantum shift in recommendations and a major loosening of the mask restrictions that Americans have had to live with since COVID-19 became a major part of US life 15 months ago.

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'But we know that the more people are vaccinated, the less cases we will have and the less chance of a new spike or additional variant emerging'.

The earlier guideline for vaccinated people had said they no longer have to wear masks outdoors as long as they are away from big crowds.

Rival amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment said in an email to CBS MoneyWatch that the company is reviewing the new CDC guidance and would adjust its mask policy "with the health and safety of our guests and team members top of mind".

"Beginning this evening, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore will communicate to guests that they are not required to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated and are required to wear a mask if they are not".

The league is encouraging but not requiring players to get vaccinated.

The CDC said it's possible masking guidelines may return for fully vaccinated people in the future if vaccination rates decrease and coronavirus transmission increases. The company has 530 stores in the USA, and masking remains a must for employees.

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Fully vaccinated people in Ohio will no longer be required to wear a mask except when in certain crowded indoor settings, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday.

Half the states had mask requirements in place for most indoor spaces when the CDC issued its recommendations.

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