Following the CDC’s decision on Thursday to lift mask restrictions for fully vaccinated people, several grocery chains have lifted their own mask restrictions.
Trader Joe's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, and Publix were the first to lift their company-wide mask restrictions for fully vaccinated customers (except where required by state or local mandate). Starbucks will also update its mask policy starting Monday, May 17, making masks “optional for vaccinated customers.” In some cases, like Publix, the mask update will apply to vaccinated employees as well.
So far, none of the businesses will require proof of vaccination from their customers.
The lift on restrictions follows the CDC’s decision on Thursday that fully vaccinated people don't have to wear masks or practice social distancing inside or outside, except where required by local laws or workplace guidance. Masks are still required in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and healthcare settings, and on public transportation.
Stores Lifting Mask Requirement for Vaccinated Customers
Some exceptions apply, including in states and cities that have local mandates.