Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is going maskless.
The country’s largest retailer on Friday said employees fully vaccinated would no longer be required to wear masks to work from Tuesday.
Vaccinated customers, including vaccinated members of Sam’s Club stores and outlets, can now shop without mask from Friday.
Walmart announced after the CDC on Thursday published a controversial new recommendation allowing vaccinated people to ditch indoor and outdoor masks. Walmart was the first major retailer to walk back the traditional masking policy. force
Walmart associates who are not vaccinated will still be required to wear masks, as do immunized workers who work in states where local law still requires masks.
New York is one of the states that has not lifted the requirements for masks introduced last year to reduce the spread of the dangerous coronavirus.
The company said signs reflecting its new policy will be placed in stores next week.
Other retailers are taking a more cautious approach amid criticism from unions that they may put workers at risk.Macy’s, Target, CVS and Kroger are reviewing all new recommendations, while Home Depot said they did not. Reduces the need for masks
Walmart staff will continue to receive a daily “health assessment” that asks if they are vaccinated. The company relies on honest employees. But it is also working on a digital “solution” to avoid the question of daily vaccination.
In an effort to encourage all coworkers to get vaccinated, Walmart is giving away a $ 75 bonus to employees showing their vaccination card.
“We give US field workers $ 75 as a thank you for getting vaccinated,” Walmart said in a memo to all US associates on its website. We have to finish our part. “
The new order applies to all Walmart facilities, including Sam’s Club warehouses and stores.