Several American Corporations Following CDC Guidance Regarding Mask Mandates
It did not take long for some of America’s biggest corporations to make decisions on ongoing mask mandates. Starbucks is leading the pack, announcing that it will no longer require the usage of face masks for customers who are fully vaccinated. The coffee giant said that this new loosening of restrictions will go into effect on May 17. The company said that local regulations may overrule the lifting of this mandate.
Details of Starbucks Announcement
Although Starbucks is lifting its mask mandate for those who are fully vaccinated, they are still leaving some of the additional health precautions in place for now. For example, store restrooms will remain temporarily closed in buildings where there is no indoor seating.
The company also said that it will continue to practice advanced cleaning measures in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Other Companies Lifting Mask Mandates
Walmart also announced that it was going to lift its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers. Other corporations making similar announcements include Costco and Trader Joe’s. Costco has the caveat that masks are still required in situations where close contact is likely, including the pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid departments.
Why the Change?
The change in policies for these companies comes on the heels of last week’s updated guidance by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made the surprise announcement on Thursday that the organization was no longer recommending mandatory mask usage for Americans who have been fully vaccinated.