For fully vaccinated people (which you're considered two weeks after your final dose), the Center for Disease Control now states that you don't have to wear a mask in certain indoor and outdoor settings.
Restrictions are beginning to ease in various places in the U.S., but the recent changes in mask mandates have caused confusion among people who are still unsure where it's safe to unmask. If you're vaccinated and outdoors, then in most cases, it's okay for you to unmask, but now some retailers (not all) have also changed their mask mandates.
As long as there is no mask mandate by state officials or local government, then are some retailers that will allow vaccinated folks to shop without a mask on.
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While there are those who may be comfortable taking off their mask, some people still feel nervous about the sudden changes. So, the next time you go shopping, keep these updated mask policies in mind before entering these seven stores.
Unless otherwise noted by state or local officials, "Walgreens will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear face coverings inside of our stores," the official statement said. Walgreens employees will still need to wear face coverings while they are working through.
2. The Home Depot
The store's new mask policy (unless said otherwise by state officials) states "customers and associates who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or facial coverings in Home Depot stores." Those unvaccinated are still required to wear masks indoors though.
Walmart and its sister store, Sam's Club, have changed its store policy and "based on the latest CDC guidance, fully vaccinated associates will not need to wear a mask at work." Fully vaccinated customers will also not be required to wear a mask in stores.
4. Trader Joe's
While Trader Joe's employees will still be required to wear masks, those who are fully vaccinated will be able to enter stores without a mask and will not need to show proof of vaccination at the door.
Unless local government says otherwise, "Target will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in [its] stores.
Masks have officially been made optional for customers if you're fully vaccinated (except if local government has specified otherwise). For increased safety, though, "restrooms generally remain temporarily closed to the public in stores where the café or café seating is unavailable."
For states without mask mandates, the company now allows "members and guests who are fully vaccinated to enter Costco without a face mask or face shield." The only exception is for visitors in close contact at health care centers like the Pharmacy, Optical, and Hearing Aid sections of the stores.
Rylee is a digital news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers everything from beauty and fashion trends to celebrity and entertainment news.
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