Trader Joe's, Walmart, Costco drop mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers

Ruben Fields
May 15, 2021

He added: 'If you've been vaccinated, you don't have to wear your mask and you can shake hands'.

There are still some exceptions.

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 USA life 15 months ago.

Citing the recent update regarding masks from the Center for Disease Control, the full operational update post from Hersheypark stated that "face coverings and social distancing for those who have been fully vaccinated will no longer be required when visiting Hersheypark".

The company is giving $75 to US employees who get their shots "as a thank you for getting vaccinated", the memo states.

Where do I still need to wear a mask?

As things begin to open back up and masks begin to come down, the league is maintaining its advocacy for vaccination and Friday's development is one of the more significant as the NFL - and the country - endeavor to return to normalcy. That includes planes, buses and trains traveling into, within or outside of the part of a federal mask mandate that was extended to September 13.

Some of the nation's largest retailers said Friday they have no immediate plans to change their policies and would continue requiring both customers and workers to wear masks while on the premises.

It isn't clear what "science" Cuomo is relying on that would counter the CDC's own.

How will mask guidelines be enforced?

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In Las Vegas, 91 percent of the company's employees are vaccinated, Wynn Resorts said.

It's impossible to know for sure if someone is fully vaccinated or unvaccinated without asking to look at their vaccination card.

"The resort trusts guests to take the appropriate precautions based on their personal vaccination status", a news release said.

During an earnings call Thursday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek suggested changes could be in store at the company's theme parks, which have had strict mask requirements. "We heard loud and clear from voters that they wanted the mask mandate repealed". "Also need to work on my poker face".

"It seems like a lot of change all at once", Piltch-Loeb said. "To ignore a sense of caution indoors is too big of a jump at this point in time".

In the United States, almost 36 percent of the population, or more than 118 million people, were fully inoculated as of early Thursday.

"While we all share the desire to return to a mask-free normal, [the CDC] guidance is confusing and fails to consider how it will impact essential workers who face frequent exposure to individuals who are not vaccinated and refuse to wear masks", Marc Perrone, the UFCW's worldwide president, said in a statement.

"This past year has shown us that this virus can be unpredictable", Walensky said. "We are close and getting closer".

He said that he and the state's health commissioner, Howard Zucker, were still assessing the new guidance. Often the agency's guidelines on behaviors such as hand-washing and mask wearing lagged behind the "pragmatic realities" of the pandemic, Wolfson said. The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.

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