Walmart announced on Friday that customers and employees will no longer be required to wear face masks inside its stores – if they are fully vaccinated.
The new rules were sent in a note to employees, saying customers can shop without a mask immediately and associates won’t need to wear a mask to work from Tuesday.
The hill reports that Walmart did not specify how it will verify that a customer or associate is fully vaccinated, but said it “will continue to demand that unvaccinated customers and members wear masks in our stores and clubs.” We will update signage in our facilities to reflect this. “
The report adds that the note specifies that “fully vaccinated” means two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
The announcement comes on the same day as Trader Joes announced that they will no longer need masks in their stores.
The channel’s COVID update said they were urging “customers to follow the advice of health officials, including, where appropriate, [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks when shopping.