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Many retailers reinstitute mask mandates due to increased coronavirus activity

The requirements vary, but many companies are following the CDC's guidance

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Many Americans who celebrated being able to ditch their masks are receiving bad news from several major U.S. retailers. Companies across the country are issuing new guidelines on face coverings for both employees and customers due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. 

Below you’ll find a list of establishments that are currently asking or requiring that customers and employees mask up once again to curb the spread of the virus:

ALDI

Mandatory face coverings: unvaccinated customers and employees

Optional face coverings: vaccinated customers.

Apple

Mandatory face coverings: both shoppers and employees

Optional face coverings: vaccinated customers

AT&T

Mandatory face coverings: both shoppers and employees regardless of vaccination

Bed Bath & Beyond

Mandatory face coverings: both shoppers and employees. However, the company allows an exemption for fully vaccinated customers “in U.S. locations where permitted by local order or law.”

BJ's Wholesale

Mandatory face coverings: unvaccinated shoppers and employees, as well as all shoppers and staff in BJ’s optical department. 

Optional face coverings: vaccinated customers and employees

Costco

Strongly encouraged face coverings: all employees and customers

CVS

Mandatory face coverings: both shoppers and employees who are not fully vaccinated

Optional face coverings: shoppers and employees who are fully vaccinated

Dunkin'

Mandatory face coverings: both shoppers and employees regardless of vaccination status

Home Depot

Mandatory face coverings: all shoppers, contractors, vendors, and employees regardless of vaccination status

Kohl's

Mandatory face coverings: employees in areas that have a substantial or high risk of transmission. Customers who live in those areas are asked to do the same, although it does not appear to be a mandatory requirement.

Kroger

Mandatory face coverings: vaccinated customers and employees working in in-store clinics and pharmacies

Strongly encouraged face coverings: fully vaccinated customers and employees

Lowe's

Mandatory face coverings: all employees

Strongly encouraged face coverings: all customers

McDonald's

Mandatory face coverings: customers and employees who live in areas that have a substantial or high risk of transmission

Nordstrom

Mandatory face coverings: anyone who has not been fully vaccinated

Publix

Strongly encouraged face coverings: all employees customers regardless of vaccination status

Sam’s Club

Mandatory face coverings: all associates working in an area of substantial transmission or areas where there are mask mandates, regardless of vaccination status

Strongly encouraged face coverings: all customers

Starbucks

Mandatory face coverings: all employees and any customers in areas where masks are required by local or state law. The chain "strongly recommends" customers wear facial coverings no matter what their vaccination status is.

Target

Mandatory face coverings: all employees. The retailer recommends face coverings for customers who live in areas that have a substantial or high risk of transmission. 

TJX Companies (T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Sierra, and HomeGoods)

Mandatory face coverings: all employees and unvaccinated customers 

Optional face coverings: fully vaccinated customers.

Verizon

Mandatory face coverings: unvaccinated customers and employees. However, the company says it follows state and local requirements regarding mask use, so employees and customers may be required to wear a mask even if they are fully vaccinated in some areas.

Walgreens

Mandatory face coverings: all employees regardless of vaccination status and unvaccinated customers

Walmart

Mandatory face coverings: all associates working in an area of substantial transmission or areas where there are mask mandates, regardless of vaccination status

Strongly encouraged face coverings: all customers

Wegmans

Mandatory face coverings: All employees

Strongly encouraged face coverings: all customers

Whole Foods

Mandatory face coverings: unvaccinated customers and employees

Optional face coverings: vaccinated customers and employees

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