Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, is going without a mask.
The country’s largest retailer said on Friday that fully vaccinated employees would no longer need to wear masks at work from Tuesday.
Vaccine customers, including vaccinated members of his and Sam’s Club stores, can shop without masks from Friday.
The announcement comes after Walmart released controversial new guidance by the CDC on Thursday, allowing vaccinated people to dig their masks in and out of the home. Walmart is the first major retailer to withdraw its mandatory facade policy.
Non-vaccinated Walmart associates will still be required to wear masks, as will vaccinated employees working in states where local laws still require masks.
New York is one of the states that has not yet given up on the need for masks adopted last year in an effort to reduce the deadly coronavirus.
Signs reflecting the company’s new policy will be placed in stores next week, the company said.
Other retailers are taking a more cautious stance amid criticism from labor unions that they may put their workers at risk. Messies, Target, CVS and Kroger are all reviewing the new guidance, while Home Depot said it is not dropping its mask requirements.
Walmart employees will still be subject to a daily “health assessment” that asks if they have been vaccinated. The company is counting on employees to be truthful, but is also working on a digital “solution” to get away from the daily vaccination question.
In an effort to encourage all of its partners to get vaccinated, Walmart is offering a $ 75 bonus to employees showing their vaccination cards.
“We are providing $ 75 as a thank you to the US Field Associates for the vaccine,” Walmart said in a note to all US associates on its website. “We’ve been through a lot this year, and now we need to play our role to end it.”
The new order applies to all of Walmart’s facilities, including its warehouse and Sam’s Club store.