According to the Hill, Walmart no longer requires customers and employees who are fully vaccinated to wear masks inside stores starting next Tuesday.
The company’s decision comes the day after new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were announced, saying, “fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks in most settings, including indoors.”
The announcement came as a meme to employees, stating, “customers can shop without a mask effectively immediately, and associates will not need to wear a mask to work starting Tuesday.”
According to the report, Walmart did not indicate how they would be able to check if its associates or customers are fully vaccinated. They did say they will “continue to request that non-vaccinated customers and employees wear face coverings in the stores and clubs,” adding, “[w]e will update the signage in our facilities to reflect this.”
The Hill reported the memo did mention “fully vaccinated” is “two weeks following the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two weeks following the single Johnson & Johnson dose.”
Walmart added in their memo; the company will now “review and update guidance about mask mandates for ‘certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes’ depending on local requirements.”
The memo read:
Masks will also continue to be required by some city and state ordinances, and we will follow those requirements. There may also be local conditions, regulatory changes, or laws that affect our guidance. We will be communicating with your local store, club, or facility management team as regulations change so they can keep you informed.
According to the report, Walmart also said, “employees would receive $75 as a ‘thank you’ if they got vaccinated,” adding, the employees would “need to show proof they have been vaccinated starting on Tuesday and $75 will be added to their paycheck.”
Other popular chains are making the announcement they will no longer require customers to wear masks but suggests “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.”