Trader Joe’s has updated its mask policy and will not require customers who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask.
The specialty supermarket is believed to be the first major national retailer to make the change after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines Thursday.
“We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” Trader Joe’s said on its COVID-19 page that was updated Friday.
Last week, the company confirmed to USA TODAY that it dropped senior hours at many of its stores, except where required.
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Stores will not require or request proof of vaccination from customers, Trader Joe’s spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel told USA TODAY. Employees still have to wear masks at this time.
The CDC said Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans, for the most part, no longer need to wear masks indoors and don’t have to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded spaces.
But privately-owned businesses can still require masks, which most of the nation’s largest retailers started mandating last summer. There are other exceptions for when the CDC recommends masks such as in health care settings, transportation hubs such as airports and stations, planes and public transportation.
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