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Stores ending face mask requirements for vaccinated customers

Following the CDC’s guidance, many retailers announced they will stop requiring face masks for fully vaccinated customers and employees.
Published: May. 17, 2021 at 1:29 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 5:58 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday it is safe for fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks in most indoor and outdoor settings.

Following the CDC’s guidance, many retailers announced they will stop requiring face masks for fully vaccinated customers and employees.

According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Trader Joe’s was reportedly the first major retailer to end its mask mandate for vaccinated customers.

Below is a list of stores that have updated their face mask guidance:

Costco- Costco members and guests who are fully vaccinated can shop without a face mask or face shield in Costco locations where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate. Face coverings will still be required in healthcare settings, including the Pharmacy, Optical and Hearing Aid.

CVS- Beginning Monday, May 17, the drugstore no longer requires customers who are fully vaccinated to wear masks inside. CVS employees will still be required to wear face coverings.

Food City- Beginning Thursday, May 20, vaccinated store associates and customers will not be required to wear a face mask inside the grocery store.

Target- On May 17, Target began allowing fully vaccinated customers and staff to go without face masks. The store said it still “strongly recommended” masks for people in the stores who are not fully vaccinated.

Trader Joe’s- Trader Joe’s said they “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.”

Walmart/Sam’s Club- Vaccinated customers and members can shop without a mask inside Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.

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