Three of the country’s largest grocers, Kroger, Hy-Vee and Publix, have become the latest retailers to relax mask requirements. They join a number of other retailers, including Target, Walmart and CVS, that now allow vaccinated shoppers to browse unmasked in accordance with recently updated CDC regulations.
All of the retailers are continuing to comply with state and local mask mandates on a store-by-store basis. Additionally, Kroger will require associates in pharmacy and clinic locations to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Hy-Vee noted that social distancing signage will remain, particularly in areas where lines form, along with plexiglass dividers at checkout.
“Last week, the CDC issued new guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated,” said Marc Watkins, Chief Medical Officer at Kroger in a statement. “We have received feedback from and heard the valued opinions of thousands of associates regarding the CDC’s announcement. Based on the CDC’s science-based guidance and the input of our associates, we are updating our mask policy in a way that balances our values of safety and respect.”