Costco and Trader Joe’s won’t require masks from vaccinated customers

Costco and Trader Joe’s stores join other large chains and will no longer require the use of masks from vaccinated customers. Costc...

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  • Costco and Trader Joe’s stores join other large chains and will no longer require the use of masks from vaccinated customers.
  • Costco and Trader Joe’s made the announcement considering CDC guidelines.
  • Those who have been already fully vaccinated will be able to enter Costco and Trader Joe’s without masks.

Like other establishments, the two large chains Costco and Trader Joe’s announced that they will not require the use of masks from customers who have already been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Costco announced on Friday through a statement that it will not require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks in some of its stores in the United States, the newspaper The Hill reported.

Costco and Trader Joe’s announced new rule

Costco and Trader Joe's

The company said in the statement that customers will not have to cover their faces if they are fully vaccinated and in stores where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate, adding that proof of vaccination will not be required.

Costco also mentioned that it continues to recommend that customers wear face masks, especially those who are at higher risk of contracting the disease and suffering from a severe case.

No masks at Costco and Trader Joe’s

Costco and Trader Joe's

However, the use of face covers is still mandatory in health care settings such as the Costco chain pharmacies, said the statement cited by the aforementioned newspaper.

Costco also said it will comply with rules in state and local jurisdictions that still have a mandate for people to wear face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Costco and Trader Joe’s employees will continue to wear face masks

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“As before, our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws,” said the CEO of Costco, Craig Jelinek, according to The Hill report.

Costco’s announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guide that says fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks in most settings, including indoors.

Walmart will also not require masks from vaccinated customers

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Walmart also reported Friday that masks will not be mandatory in its stores for those who are fully vaccinated, and the supermarket chain Trader Joe’s indicated that it will no longer require customers to use them inside its stores, but said that employees will continue. using them.

According to The Hill, grocery giant Trades Joe’s said on its website that it encourages “customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines advising customers that they are fully vaccinated people who should not wear masks while shopping ”. A company spokesperson told The Hill that Trader Joe’s will still require the use of masks from its staff, however. This chain’s move also came a day after the CDC issued its long-awaited guidance stating that fully vaccinated Americans can do without masks in most settings.

What is meant by fully vaccinated?

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Those who have been fully inoculated, defined as two weeks after receiving the last required dose of a vaccine, will not have to wear a mask outdoors or indoors, and will not have to maintain physical distancing, The Hill explained.

However, the guidelines do not apply in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. The guide also states that people must still follow the rules set by local businesses and workplace guidelines, which means that private businesses may still require masks.

Must wear masks when required by authorities

In addition, all people are advised to wear masks when required by laws, rules and regulations, including on airplanes, trains and public transport, the report in The Hill newspaper detailed.

Several states also ended their mandates for mandatory mask use immediately after the CDC published its guidance, or reported that they plan to do so soon, the outlet said.

They will not ask for “vaccine passports”

But the guide poses a challenge for companies, as there is no way to know who is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, because no company will require proof that they were vaccinated.

Republicans have criticized “vaccine passports” that require proof of vaccination, and the federal government has said it will not require such passports. Several GOP-led states have banned so-called passports, The Hill said.

Not only Costco and Trader Joe’s: Disney also has a new mask rule

Following the CDC announcement, the famous Florida Disney World park reported that masks and face shields for visitors will now be “optional in outdoor common areas” starting this Saturday.

But he emphasized that for attractions – from the entrance line – the use of face covers is mandatory. That is, to walk through the park it will not be necessary to wear a mask, but you do have to wear it to enter the games and shows, he reviewed Click Orlando.

Target, Home Depot and CVS will continue to demand masks

mask at Target

Many of the nation’s largest retailers will continue to require masks in their stores despite the lifting of much of the restrictions, although industry groups and worker advocates fear that law enforcement will become increasingly difficult. and controversial, reported the Washington Post.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear face masks in most situations. Workers’ unions criticized the policy change, saying it creates confusion and puts store employees at greater risk of getting infected.

Mask at Target, Home Depot, CVS and Harris Teeter

face masks at Target

Target, Home Depot, CVS and Harris Teeter are among the chains that will continue to require masks in their stores, although they are reviewing the new CDC guidelines and re-evaluating store policies.

However, it was unclear how the retailer would determine which shoppers have been vaccinated. Kenya Friend-Daniel, a spokeswoman for the supermarket chain, said that most other policies related to Covid-19, including employee masks, social distancing rules and frequent store cleaning, will remain in effect.

Ambiguity for retailers and employees

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“We are attentive; review federal, state, and local health notices; meet or exceed government mandates; and where it makes sense, adjust efforts, ”the company said on its website. The Retail Industry Leaders Association said CDC’s revised guidelines conflict with some state and local requests.

This new change creates ambiguity for retailers and their employees. “We urge all customers to follow store safety protocols, including mask use and social distancing,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior executive vice president of the trade group, in a statement. For more information read this new.

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