Walmart, Target, and Best Buy are offering rival sales during Amazon Prime Day. Here’s all the info, plus what deals we love so far.

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  • Amazon Prime Day, which will fall on June 21 and June 22, has become another Black Friday.
  • As a result of Prime Day’s success, many retailers offer their own competing sales.
  • Below, you can check out sales from competing retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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Amazon Prime Day celebrates its seventh year in 2021. What started as a one-day shopping event in July 2015 is now a multi-day affair that sees a wide range of stores hosting competing sales.

When Amazon Prime Day debuted in 2015, Walmart – Amazon’s largest competitor – held its own major sales event the same week. Since then, several other retailers joined what’s developed into the largest shopping event of the year outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With over 150 million US shoppers with Prime memberships spending their money at Amazon over the course of a few days, it’s no surprise its biggest competitors wanted in on the frenzy.

This year, major retailers are once again lining up to compete with Amazon Prime Day deals. Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, and Best Buy were the first to announce their competing sales but we expect more details to be announced as we get closer to the start of Amazon Prime Day.

To help get you acquainted with what to expect, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions regarding these competing Amazon Prime Day sales below, as well as a few of the best early deals we’ve seen so far.

Here’s a list of what to expect from competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sales:

Walmart

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Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event will run from June 20 to 23 — a day before and lasting a day longer than Amazon Prime Day. 

So far, Walmart Plus members don’t get any exclusive perks during ‘Deals for Days.’ For those unfamiliar, Walmart Plus is the retail giant’s answer to a Prime membership. It offers unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 items and costs $98 a year, about $20 less than one year of Amazon Prime. 

What will be on sale?

For 2021, we’ll likely see steep discounts on everything from entertainment and tech to kitchen appliances and video games during the ‘Deals for Days’ event. Here are some we know of ahead of time: 

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Target

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The ‘Target Deal Days’ event lands on June 20 and ends on June 22. That’s a day before Amazon Prime Day and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

What will be on sale?

Target’s previous event included $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead, and $100 off a Samsung 50-inch The Frame 4K Smart TV. 

This year, look for deep discounts on tech, smart home, gaming, and many more product categories.

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Best Buy

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Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ starts well before the competition — it’ll take place until June 22. This is unprecedented: Best Buy’s previous Prime Day sales started and ended with Amazon’s sale. 

Best Buy’s competing Prime Day discounts are open to all shoppers. However, My Best Buy rewards members may avail of exclusive savings or early access to deals. (Not a member? It’s free to sign up.)

What will be on sale?

Best Buy’s current ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ promotions include up to $250 off select gaming laptopsup to 50% off small kitchen appliances, and up to $400 off select Samsung Galaxy phones. Browse all of the event’s ongoing deals here

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Kohl’s

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Kohl’s ‘Wow Deals’ event will be held in-stores and online for the duration of Amazon Prime Day: June 21 through 22. 

Sale shoppers can also earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent during ‘WOW Deals.’ That’s free money you get to spend on future purchases. Kohl’s Card holders can also get an additional 15% off on the event’s deals and promotions. 

What will be on sale?

A sneak peek of the offers from ‘Wow Deals’ include a $150 Google Nest Hello Doorbell, $200 Shark Ion Robot Vacuum, and a $200 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum — all of which earn $30 of Kohl’s Cash. 

During its competing Prime Day sale last year, Kohl’s offered a Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill for $200 — and sweetened the deal by adding $30 Kohl’s Cash. Look for notable savings on kitchen wares, bedding, furniture, and other home goods.

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Bed Bath & Beyond’s Fall Sale featured up to 60% off bedding, 30% off curtains and rugs, and 25% off fall decor. Shoppers also received $50 in My Funds Rewards (valid for 30 days) on purchases over $200.

Expect more of the same this year from Bed Bath & Beyond’s competing Prime Day sale. For extra savings, get a one-year Beyond+ membership for $29 and enjoy 20% off and free standard shipping on all orders. You may be able to effectively make that Beyond+ membership free if Bed Bath & Beyond includes a $29 bonus card with sign-up, like it did during last year’s sale.

What will be on sale?

Standout offers from last year’s sale included $25 off a Le Creuset Tea Kettle and $50 off a Zwilling 8-inch chef’s knife. This year, expect to find offers on bedding, decor, small appliances, and robot vacuums.

Home Depot

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Home Depot’s concurrent Prime Day 2020 sale saw up to 50% off interior furniture, decor, and kitchenware. Its other main event, the Fall Appliance Sale, was also ongoing and lasted through October 21.

Since Amazon Prime Day is happening on June 21-22, it’s likely to overlap with some of Home Depot’s summertime specials. This may be a boon for anyone looking to buy indoor furniture, as mid-summer specials tend to yield the best deals for those items.

What will be on sale?

Last year’s Home Depot sale featured up to 30% off select power tools and small appliances, up to 40% off select bathroom vanities, and up to 50% off select interior furniture. Expect similar sales for 2021. 

eBay

eBay

If you don’t have a Prime membership, eBay is a great alternative to Amazon. To compete with Amazon’s member-exclusive Prime Day sales, eBay typically holds a competing sale that’s available to all shoppers.

What will be on sale?

Last year, eBay had discounts on TVs, headphones, gaming systems, cameras, vacuums, appliances, clothing, sneakers, luggage, smart home devices, and more.

Some of the most notable brands that were on sale last year include Adidas, Apple, Dyson, Canon, KitchenAid, Sony, Samsonite, and LG.

Chewy

A small cat behind a blue Chewy goody box.

Last year’s Chewy Blue Box Event ran from October 11 through October 15, alongside Amazon Prime Day. The online marketplace actually extended its sale event to continue through October 15, serving up even more discounts. 

Chewy sells pet products across all categories, including food, treats, supplies, and treatments. The previous year’s Blue Box Event offered all of that and more, meaning you should expect similar deals this time around, with savings beginning in just under two days. If you can’t wait to begin saving, Chewy also has a deals page on its website that houses the best deals of the day

What will be on sale? 

The Blue Box Event in 2020 featured 30% off pet essentials, 40% off your first Autoship order, and buy three, get one free for pet toys, apparel, and treats. Shoppers also got 25% off when they purchased two customized products.

Backcountry

Three Backcountry employees pose for the camera inside of a Backcountry store; there is clothing and outdoor gear all around them.

Outdoor gear retailer Backcountry is set to host its 48-Hour Flash Sale on June 21 and June 22. You can find deals on big and small-name brands and product categories like clothing, footwear, accessories, and more. 

Norrona, Columbia, and Salomon are just a few of the top brands included in the flash sale. You can, however, start saving early, with Backcountry giving up to 65% off on select Stoic styles, now through June 22. 

What will be on sale? 

During the flash sale, expect to save up to 65% on select gear and apparel. Top styles such as the Sorel Emelie Chelsea Boot and the Mountain Hardwear Firefall Bib Pant will have discounted price tags.

FAQs

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

This year, Amazon Prime Day takes place on June 21 and June 22. We expect to see several discounts last a few days after the end of Amazon Prime Day.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals worth it?

Short answer: it depends on what you’re shopping for.

To expand upon that, Amazon Prime Day is, first and foremost, an Amazon event. That means the strongest offers will be on Amazon products like its Echo smart speakers, Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, and Amazon-brand groceries. 

With major retailers like Walmart, Kohl’s, and Target running competing sales alongside Prime Day, you have some leeway to shop around for better deals on what you need. 

Can anyone buy Amazon Prime Day deals?

Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only. Fortunately, if you’re not a member yet and aren’t keen to purchase a full membership, you can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with full benefits. However, a Prime membership comes with a plethora of benefits that you can take advantage of year-round so it’s worth signing up if you shop Amazon often.

The appeal of competing Prime Day deals, however, is that they’re open to the general public. Stores like Walmart may peddle their own membership offers, but these sales are otherwise inclusive outside of Amazon Prime Day.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, and other stores will offer competing sales during Amazon Prime Day – here are the ones we know about so far

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  • Amazon Prime Day, landing June 21 and 22, has become another Black Friday.
  • As a result of Prime Day’s success, many retailers, including Best Buy and Walmart, offer their own competing sales.

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Amazon Prime Day will be celebrating its seventh year in 2021. What started as a one-day shopping event in July 2015 has now become a multi-day affair with a wide range of stores hosting competing sales.

When Amazon Prime Day debuted in 2015, Walmart – Amazon’s largest competitor – held its own major sales event the same week. Since then, many more retailers have joined in what’s developed into the largest shopping event of the year outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But it makes sense, as the pressure of over 150 million US shoppers with Prime memberships spending their money at Amazon over the course of a few days has prompted competitors to host concurrent sales.

This year, major retailers are once again lining up to compete with Amazon Prime Day deals. Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s were the first to announce their competing sales, but we expect more details to be announced as we get closer to Amazon Prime Day.

We’ve answered some frequently asked questions regarding these competing Amazon Prime Day sales below.

Here’s a list of what to expect from competing Amazon Prime Day 2021 sales:

Walmart

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Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event will run from June 20 to 23 — a day before and lasting a day longer than Amazon Prime Day. 

So far, Walmart Plus members don’t get any exclusive perks during ‘Deals for Days.’ For those unfamiliar, Walmart Plus is the retail giant’s answer to a Prime membership. It offers unlimited same-day delivery for 160,000 items and costs $98 a year, about $20 less than one year of Amazon Prime. 

What will be on sale?

For 2021, we’ll likely see steep discounts on everything from entertainment and tech to kitchen appliances and video games during the ‘Deals for Days’ event. Here are some we know of ahead of time: 

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Target

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The ‘Target Deal Days’ event lands on June 20 and ends on June 22. That’s a day before Amazon Prime Day and a day shorter than Walmart’s ‘Deals for Days’ event.

Starting June 16-19, you can pick up a digital Target GiftCard for 5% off at Target.com. It’s an excellent chance to save a little bit more money if you plan on shopping the ‘Deal Days’ event.

What will be on sale?

Target’s previous event included $50 off the iRobot Roomba 695, $150 off the Dyson V8 Motorhead, and $100 off a Samsung 50-inch The Frame 4K Smart TV. 

This year, look for deep discounts on tech, smart home, gaming, and many more product categories.

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Best Buy

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Best Buy’s ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ starts well before the competition — it’ll take place from June 15 to 22. This is unprecedented: Best Buy’s previous Prime Day sales started and ended with Amazon’s sale. 

Best Buy’s competing Prime Day discounts are open to all shoppers. However, My Best Buy rewards members may avail of exclusive savings or early access to deals. (Not a member? It’s free to sign up.)

What will be on sale?

Best Buy’s current ‘Bigger Deal Savings Event’ promotions include up to $250 off select gaming laptopsup to 50% off small kitchen appliances, and up to $400 off select Samsung Galaxy phones. Browse all of the event’s ongoing deals here

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Kohl’s

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Kohl’s ‘Wow Deals’ event will be held in-stores and online for the duration of Amazon Prime Day: June 21 through 22. 

Sale shoppers can also earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent during ‘WOW Deals.’ That’s free money you get to spend on future purchases. Kohl’s Card holders can also get an additional 15% off on the event’s deals and promotions. 

What will be on sale?

A sneak peek of the offers from ‘Wow Deals’ include a $150 Google Nest Hello Doorbell, $200 Shark Ion Robot Vacuum, and a $200 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Vacuum — all of which earn $30 of Kohl’s Cash. 

During its competing Prime Day sale last year, Kohl’s offered a Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill for $200 — and sweetened the deal by adding $30 Kohl’s Cash. Look for notable savings on kitchen wares, bedding, furniture, and other home goods.

Bed Bath & Beyond

bed bath & beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond’s Fall Sale featured up to 60% off bedding, 30% off curtains and rugs, and 25% off fall decor. Shoppers also received $50 in My Funds Rewards (valid for 30 days) on purchases over $200.

Expect more of the same this year from Bed Bath & Beyond’s competing Prime Day sale. For extra savings, get a one-year Beyond+ membership for $29 and enjoy 20% off and free standard shipping on all orders. You may be able to effectively make that Beyond+ membership free if Bed Bath & Beyond includes a $29 bonus card with sign-up, like it did during last year’s sale.

What will be on sale?

Standout offers from last year’s sale included $25 off a Le Creuset Tea Kettle and $50 off a Zwilling 8-inch chef’s knife. This year, expect to find offers on bedding, decor, small appliances, and robot vacuums.

Home Depot

Home Depot

Home Depot’s concurrent Prime Day 2020 sale saw up to 50% off interior furniture, decor, and kitchenware. Its other main event, the Fall Appliance Sale, was also ongoing and lasted through October 21.

Since Amazon Prime Day is expected to return this summer, it’s likely to overlap with some of Home Depot’s summertime specials. This may be a boon for anyone looking to buy indoor furniture, as mid-summer specials tend to yield the best deals for those items.

What will be on sale?

Last year’s Home Depot sale featured up to 30% off select power tools and small appliances, up to 40% off select bathroom vanities, and up to 50% off select interior furniture. Expect similar sales for 2021. 

FAQs

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day has been hinted to make a return in June or July. It usually falls in the middle of July, but the pandemic pushed last year’s Prime Day to mid-October — right before the launch of Black Friday specials.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals worth it?

Short answer: it depends on what you’re shopping for.

To expand upon that, Amazon Prime Day is, first and foremost, an Amazon event. That means the strongest offers will be on Amazon products like its Echo smart speakers, Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, and Amazon-brand groceries. 

With major retailers like Walmart, Kohl’s and Target running competing sales alongside Prime Day, you have some leeway to shop around for better deals on what you need. 

Can anyone buy Amazon Prime Day deals?

Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only. Fortunately, if you’re not a member yet and aren’t keen to purchase a full membership, you can take advantage of a free 30-day trial with full benefits. However, a Prime membership comes with a plethora of benefits that you can take advantage of year-round so it’s worth signing up if you shop Amazon often.

The appeal of competing Prime Day deals, however, is that they’re open to the general public. Stores like Walmart may peddle its own membership offers, but outside of Amazon Prime Day these sales are otherwise inclusive.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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Home Depot has contracted its own container ship, trying to sidestep a global shipping crisis that threatens to disrupt holiday orders

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  • Home Depot has contracted its own container ship to bring its products to the US.
  • Home Depot is among many retailers hit by a global shipping crisis that has led to delays and rising prices.
  • Experts say holiday season shopping may be disrupted by limited stock and higher prices.
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Home Depot, hoping to sidestep a global shipping crisis, has contracted its own ship to transport its goods.

The home-improvement store is one of many retailers grappling with shipping delays and rising costs caused by supply-chain problems. According to data from the Journal of Commerce, cited by CNBC, Home Depot is the third-largest importer by sea freight in the US.

“We have a ship that’s solely going to be ours,” Home Depot president and COO Ted Decker said in an interview with CNBC. “It’s just going to go back and forth with 100% dedicated to Home Depot.”

A breakdown in the freight supply chain, created by falling demand in the first half of 2020 followed by a surge at the end of the year, has led to delays, port traffic jams, and blockages. A lack of containers and dock workers is making this worse.

For retailers, this means a risk of low stock, especially as we approach the holiday season.

“Right now, they are all trying to figure out ‘How do we mitigate that risk to make sure that we’ve got the product here in time for when those holiday season sales start?'” Jonathan Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation, told CNBC.

“That could mean moving up timing for when you bring your product in, which could further lead to additional congestion and delays,” he said.

Experts say that this crisis will also lead to higher costs for customers, as retailers hike the prices to recoup the cost of shipping, which in some cases is ten times more than before the pandemic.

Clorox, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and General Mills are among major brands to have announced recent price hikes.

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Kroger, Costco, Target, and more are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers. Here’s how stores are responding to new CDC guidelines.

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Shoppers wearing masks at a Walmart store in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in July.

  • The CDC relaxed its guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
  • Companies including Macy’s and Kroger have said workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask mandates. States can still set their own rules.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people – but not all retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Macy’s and Kroger are among those saying they’ll still make masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores. Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask requirement – although individual states can still mandate masks in stores.

Here’s where fully vaccinated people will and will not have to wear a mask now that the guidance has changed.

Target

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Shoppers leaving a Target in Miami.

Target updated its policies on Monday, announcing that fully vaccinated customers and workers are no longer required to wear masks in its stores unless required by individual state laws. 

“Face coverings will continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated and we’ll continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores,” it said

 

Kroger

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A customer wearing a mask in a Kroger store in Jackson, Mississippi.

On May 20, grocery chain Kroger will be dropping its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers and the majority of its workers, the company announced on Wednesday. However, employees working in Kroger’s pharmacies and clinics will still have to mask up.

Like other stores, the option to go mask-free still depends on state and local face covering protocols. 

 

Starbucks

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A Starbucks barista.

Wearing a mask will be optional for fully vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, the company said in a statement.

Masks will remain optional “unless local regulations require them by law,” the statement said.

Macy’s

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A person with Macy’s bags.

The department-store chain Macy’s confirmed to Insider that it would keep masks mandatory in its stores.

Walmart

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A Walmart store.

Vaccinated Walmart customers are now allowed to shop without a mask, according to a memo sent to US store associates on Friday. Fully vaccinated Walmart workers also won’t be required to mask up in-store beginning May 18.

However, the company is still reviewing mask mandates for “certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes,” and will still adhere to mask requirements depending on city and state protocols, according to the note.

Bed Bath and Beyond

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A Bed Bath and Beyond store.

A spokesperson for Bed Bath and Beyond told Insider that it was reviewing its policies, but that its mask policy currently remains unchanged.

They added that the company would continue to align its COVID-19 protocol with local, state, and government health and safety guidelines to create a safe environment for both staff and customers.

Home Depot

Home Depot
A Home Depot store.

Fully vaccinated Home Depot customers and workers will not need to wear masks inside its stores, depending on state and local mandates, a spokesperson told Insider on May 17.

Home Depot “still encourages” people who aren’t fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings. It’ll also maintain safety protocols like cleaning and social distancing.

 

Walgreens

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A sign in a Walgreens store telling customers to wear masks.

A Walgreens spokesperson told USA Today that masks will still be mandatory in its stores as these are COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites. 

Walgreens did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

CVS

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People outside a CVS store.

CVS said it was reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

Gap

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A Gap store in a mall in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Times, Gap has said it’s reviewing its policies and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory. 

A spokesperson for the apparel giant did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment. 

Publix

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A Publix.

Florida-based supermarket chain Publix is no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated shoppers.

Dollar General

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A Dollar General store.

When asked about updated mask policies, a Dollar General spokesperson directed Insider to its website. The US chain’s COVID-19 protocols were last updated on March 10 and include a mask mandate.

Ulta

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An Ulta store.

Ulta is “assessing the implications” of the new CDC guidelines, a spokesperson told Insider. The beauty giant said it would continue to enforce mask and social-distancing protocols “until our assessment is complete and we are able to share more.”

Carl’s Jr

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Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr is still requiring face masks but is now reviewing its mask policy, a Carl’s Jr spokesperson told Insider.

Costco

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Costco

Costco announced on Friday that customers can now shop without a mask in stores that are located in states without a mask mandate. The retailer will not require proof of vaccination.

However, as per CDC guidelines, face masks will still be required in Costco’s healthcare sections, including its pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid divisions.

Trader Joe’s

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Customers line up outside a Trader Joe’s store.

Trader Joe’s is also dropping its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers, and will not require proof of the vaccine, a spokesperson told Insider.

Lidl

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A spokesperson for Lidl told Insider that it was updating its policies to align with the new CDC guidance.

“Wherever legally permissible, fully vaccinated customers will be allowed into our stores without masks,” they said.

Ikea

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Customers wait to get inside Ikea.

An Ikea spokesperson told Insider that its mask and social-distancing protocols would stay in place “for the time being” for both staff and customers because “changing our mask policy for requires careful consideration and planning.”

JCPenney

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FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside

Department store chain JCPenney told Insider that masks and social distancing will still be required in its stores as it continues to monitor the situation.

Apple

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Apple is also keeping masks mandatory in stores for the time being, according to a Bloomberg report. 

Insider reached out to Apple for further comment but didn’t immediately hear back.

CVS

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CVS.

Fully vaccinated CVS Pharmacy customers will no longer be required to wear face masks unless state or local protocols dictate otherwise, the company announced on Monday.

Employees and unvaccinated patrons will still be required to mask up.

Meijer

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A Meijer store.

Supermarket chain Meijer has rolled back its mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers in stores where state and local protocols allow it to do so, a spokesperson told Insider in an email.

However, workers and unvaccinated patrons must remain masked.

Kohl’s

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Kohl’s confirmed to Insider that as of May 17 all fully vaccinated store workers and customers will be able to go mask-free, provided individual states allow it. 

Aldi

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Aldi told Insider that it is continuing to require all employees and customers to wear a face covering and to maintain social distancing, but added that it would continue to assess its COVID-19 safety practices and keep customers informed of any future changes.

Office Depot

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An Office Depot store in Annapolis.

Office Depot is currently reviewing its mask policy, a spokesperson told Insider on May 18, but will not be changing it or other COVID-19 safety protocols “immediately.”

Best Buy

Best Buy
Best Buy.

Best Buy dropped its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers and in-store workers On May 18. Like other retailers, the option to go mask-free still hinges on state and local protocols. 

Lush

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People stand inside a Lush cosmetics store in Berlin

A Lush spokesperson told Insider that it was reviewing the new CDC guidelines and planning its next times. It said that the safety of its staff and customers remained its “top priority.”

Subway

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A Subway spokesperson told Insider that the sandwich chain was evaluating its mask policy following the CDC guidance.

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Home Depot, Costco, Target, and more are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers. Here’s how stores are responding to new CDC guidelines.

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Shoppers wearing masks at a Walmart store in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in July.

  • The CDC relaxed its guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
  • Companies including Macy’s and Kroger have said workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask mandates. States can still set their own rules.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people – but not all retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Macy’s and Kroger are among those saying they’ll still make masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores. Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask requirement – although individual states can still mandate masks in stores.

Here’s where fully vaccinated people will and will not have to wear a mask now that the guidance has changed.

Target

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Shoppers leaving a Target in Miami.

Target updated its policies on Monday, announcing that fully vaccinated customers and workers are no longer required to wear masks in its stores unless required by individual state laws. 

“Face coverings will continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated and we’ll continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores,” it said

 

Kroger

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A customer wearing a mask in a Kroger store in Jackson, Mississippi.

The grocery chain Kroger said it would keep masks mandates for its customers and workers at its nearly 3,000 stores.

“As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy,” a Kroger spokesperson told Insider.

Starbucks

Starbucks barista
A Starbucks barista.

Wearing a mask will be optional for fully vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, the company said in a statement.

Masks will remain optional “unless local regulations require them by law,” the statement said.

Macy’s

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A person with Macy’s bags.

The department-store chain Macy’s confirmed to Insider that it would keep masks mandatory in its stores.

Walmart

Walmart
A Walmart store.

Vaccinated Walmart customers are now allowed to shop without a mask, according to a memo sent to US store associates on Friday. Fully vaccinated Walmart workers also won’t be required to mask up in-store beginning May 18.

However, the company is still reviewing mask mandates for “certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes,” and will still adhere to mask requirements depending on city and state protocols, according to the note.

Bed Bath and Beyond

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A Bed Bath and Beyond store.

A spokesperson for Bed Bath and Beyond told Insider that it was reviewing its policies, but that its mask policy currently remains unchanged.

They added that the company would continue to align its COVID-19 protocol with local, state, and government health and safety guidelines to create a safe environment for both staff and customers.

Home Depot

Home Depot
A Home Depot store.

Fully vaccinated Home Depot customers and workers will not need to wear masks inside its stores, depending on state and local mandates, a spokesperson told Insider on May 17.

Home Depot “still encourages” people who aren’t fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings. It’ll also maintain safety protocols like cleaning and social distancing.

 

Walgreens

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A sign in a Walgreens store telling customers to wear masks.

A Walgreens spokesperson told USA Today that masks will still be mandatory in its stores as these are COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites. 

Walgreens did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

CVS

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People outside a CVS store.

CVS said it was reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

Gap

gap store
A Gap store in a mall in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Times, Gap has said it’s reviewing its policies and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory. 

A spokesperson for the apparel giant did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment. 

Publix

Publix grocery store night
A Publix.

Florida-based supermarket chain Publix is no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated shoppers.

Dollar General

dollar general
A Dollar General store.

When asked about updated mask policies, a Dollar General spokesperson directed Insider to its website. The US chain’s COVID-19 protocols were last updated on March 10 and include a mask mandate.

Ulta

ulta
An Ulta store.

Ulta is “assessing the implications” of the new CDC guidelines, a spokesperson told Insider. The beauty giant said it would continue to enforce mask and social-distancing protocols “until our assessment is complete and we are able to share more.”

Carl’s Jr

Carl's Jr. Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr is still requiring face masks but is now reviewing its mask policy, a Carl’s Jr spokesperson told Insider.

Costco

Costco
Costco

Costco announced on Friday that customers can now shop without a mask in stores that are located in states without a mask mandate. The retailer will not require proof of vaccination.

However, as per CDC guidelines, face masks will still be required in Costco’s healthcare sections, including its pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid divisions.

Trader Joe’s

trader joes
Customers line up outside a Trader Joe’s store.

Trader Joe’s is also dropping its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers, and will not require proof of the vaccine, a spokesperson told Insider.

Lidl

Lidl

A spokesperson for Lidl told Insider that it was updating its policies to align with the new CDC guidance.

“Wherever legally permissible, fully vaccinated customers will be allowed into our stores without masks,” they said.

Ikea

ikea
Customers wait to get inside Ikea.

An Ikea spokesperson told Insider that its mask and social-distancing protocols would stay in place “for the time being” for both staff and customers because “changing our mask policy for requires careful consideration and planning.”

JCPenney

FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside, Illinois, U.S., November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside

Department store chain JCPenney told Insider that masks and social distancing will still be required in its stores as it continues to monitor the situation.

Apple

Apple store

Apple is also keeping masks mandatory in stores for the time being, according to a Bloomberg report. 

Insider reached out to Apple for further comment but didn’t immediately hear back.

CVS

cvs pandemic customers store
CVS.

Fully vaccinated CVS Pharmacy customers will no longer be required to wear face masks unless state or local protocols dictate otherwise, the company announced on Monday.

Employees and unvaccinated patrons will still be required to mask up.

Meijer

meijer
A Meijer store.

Supermarket chain Meijer has rolled back its mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers in stores where state and local protocols allow it to do so, a spokesperson told Insider in an email.

However, workers and unvaccinated patrons must remain masked.

Kohl’s

kohl's

Kohl’s confirmed to Insider that as of May 17 all fully vaccinated store workers and customers will be able to go mask-free, provided individual states allow it. 

Aldi

Aldi store shop

Aldi told Insider that it is continuing to require all employees and customers to wear a face covering and to maintain social distancing, but added that it would continue to assess its COVID-19 safety practices and keep customers informed of any future changes.

Office Depot

office depot
An Office Depot store in Annapolis.

Office Depot is currently reviewing its mask policy, a spokesperson told Insider on May 18, but will not be changing it or other COVID-19 safety protocols “immediately.”

Best Buy

Best Buy
Best Buy.

Best Buy dropped its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers and in-store workers On May 18. Like other retailers, the option to go mask-free still hinges on state and local protocols. 

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CVS, Walmart, Costco, Target, and others are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers. Here’s how retailers are responding to new CDC guidelines.

Walmart coronavirus shopping
Shoppers wearing masks at a Walmart store in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in July.

  • The CDC relaxed its guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
  • Some companies, including Macy’s and Kroger, have said workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • But Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask mandates. States can still set their own rules.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people – but not all retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Macy’s and Kroger are among those saying they’ll still make masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores. Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask requirement – although individual states can still mandate masks in stores.

Here’s where fully vaccinated people will and will not have to wear a mask now that the guidance has changed.

Target

mask target store
Shoppers leaving a Target in Miami.

Target updated its policies on Monday, announcing that fully vaccinated customers and workers are no longer required to wear masks in its stores unless required by individual state laws. 

“Face coverings will continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated and we’ll continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores,” it said

 

Kroger

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A customer wearing a mask in a Kroger store in Jackson, Mississippi.

The grocery chain Kroger said it would keep masks mandates for its customers and workers at its nearly 3,000 stores.

“As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy,” a Kroger spokesperson told Insider.

Starbucks

Starbucks barista
A Starbucks barista.

Wearing a mask will be optional for fully vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, the company said in a statement.

Masks will remain optional “unless local regulations require them by law,” the statement said.

Macy’s

macys
A person with Macy’s bags.

The department-store chain Macy’s confirmed to Insider that it would keep masks mandatory in its stores.

Walmart

Walmart
A Walmart store.

Vaccinated Walmart customers are now allowed to shop without a mask, according to a memo sent to US store associates on Friday. Fully vaccinated Walmart workers also won’t be required to mask up in-store beginning May 18.

However, the company is still reviewing mask mandates for “certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes,” and will still adhere to mask requirements depending on city and state protocols, according to the note.

Bed Bath and Beyond

bed bath & beyond
A Bed Bath and Beyond store.

A spokesperson for Bed Bath and Beyond told Insider that it was reviewing its policies, but that its mask policy currently remains unchanged.

They added that the company would continue to align its COVID-19 protocol with local, state, and government health and safety guidelines to create a safe environment for both staff and customers.

Home Depot

Home Depot
A Home Depot store.

Home Depot has not updated its mask policy, a spokesperson told Insider.

Walgreens

walgreens masks
A sign in a Walgreens store telling customers to wear masks.

A Walgreens spokesperson told USA Today that masks will still be mandatory in its stores as these are COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites. 

Walgreens did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

CVS

CVS NYC
People outside a CVS store.

CVS said it was reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

Gap

gap store
A Gap store in a mall in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Times, Gap has said it’s reviewing its policies and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory. 

A spokesperson for the apparel giant did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment. 

Publix

Publix grocery store night
A Publix.

Florida-based supermarket chain Publix is no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated shoppers.

Dollar General

dollar general
A Dollar General store.

When asked about updated mask policies, a Dollar General spokesperson directed Insider to its website. The US chain’s COVID-19 protocols were last updated on March 10 and include a mask mandate.

Ulta

ulta
An Ulta store.

Ulta is “assessing the implications” of the new CDC guidelines, a spokesperson told Insider. The beauty giant said it would continue to enforce mask and social-distancing protocols “until our assessment is complete and we are able to share more.”

Carl’s Jr

Carl's Jr. Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr is still requiring face masks but is now reviewing its mask policy, a Carl’s Jr spokesperson told Insider.

Costco

Costco
Costco

Costco announced on Friday that customers can now shop without a mask in stores that are located in states without a mask mandate. The retailer will not require proof of vaccination.

However, as per CDC guidelines, face masks will still be required in Costco’s healthcare sections, including its pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid divisions.

Trader Joe’s

trader joes
Customers line up outside a Trader Joe’s store.

Trader Joe’s is also dropping its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers, and will not require proof of the vaccine, a spokesperson told Insider.

Lidl

Lidl

A spokesperson for Lidl told Insider that it was updating its policies to align with the new CDC guidance.

“Wherever legally permissible, fully vaccinated customers will be allowed into our stores without masks,” they said.

Ikea

ikea
Customers wait to get inside Ikea.

An Ikea spokesperson told Insider that its mask and social-distancing protocols would stay in place “for the time being” for both staff and customers because “changing our mask policy for requires careful consideration and planning.”

JCPenney

FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside, Illinois, U.S., November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside

Department store chain JCPenney told Insider that masks and social distancing will still be required in its stores as it continues to monitor the situation.

Apple

Apple store

Apple is also keeping masks mandatory in stores for the time being, according to a Bloomberg report. 

Insider reached out to Apple for further comment but didn’t immediately hear back.

CVS

cvs pandemic customers store
CVS.

Fully vaccinated CVS Pharmacy customers will no longer be required to wear face masks unless state or local protocols dictate otherwise, the company announced on Monday.

Employees and unvaccinated patrons will still be required to mask up.

Meijer

meijer
A Meijer store.

Supermarket chain Meijer has rolled back its mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers in stores where state and local protocols allow it to do so, a spokesperson told Insider in an email.

However, workers and unvaccinated patrons must remain masked.

Kohl’s

kohl's

Kohl’s confirmed to Insider that as of May 17 all fully vaccinated store workers and customers will be able to go mask-free, provided individual states allow it. 

Aldi

Aldi store shop

Aldi told Insider that it is continuing to require all employees and customers to wear a face covering and to maintain social distancing, but added that it would continue to assess its COVID-19 safety practices and keep customers informed of any future changes.

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Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and others are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers. Here’s how retailers are responding to new CDC guidelines.

Walmart coronavirus shopping
Shoppers wearing masks at a Walmart store in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in July.

  • The CDC relaxed its guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
  • Some companies, including Target and Kroger, have said workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • But Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask mandates. States can still set their own rules.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people – but many retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Macy’s and Target are among those saying they’ll still make masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores. Walmart, Costco, and others have dropped their mask requirement – although individual states can still mandate masks in stores.

Here’s where fully vaccinated people will and will not have to wear a mask now that the guidance has changed.

Target

mask target store
Shoppers leaving a Target in Miami.

A Target spokesperson told Insider that it was reviewing its policies and the new CDC guidance. But for now, the chain said, it will continue upholding all its coronavirus safety measures in stores, including wearing masks and social distancing.

 

Kroger

food donations kroger
A customer wearing a mask in a Kroger store in Jackson, Mississippi.

The grocery chain Kroger said it would keep masks mandates for its customers and workers at its nearly 3,000 stores.

“As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy,” a Kroger spokesperson told Insider.

Starbucks

Starbucks barista
A Starbucks barista.

Wearing a mask will be optional for fully vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, the company said in a statement.

Masks will remain optional “unless local regulations require them by law,” the statement said.

Macy’s

macys
A person with Macy’s bags.

The department-store chain Macy’s confirmed to Insider that it would keep masks mandatory in its stores.

Walmart

Walmart
A Walmart store.

Vaccinated Walmart customers are now allowed to shop without a mask, according to a memo sent to US store associates on Friday. Fully vaccinated Walmart workers also won’t be required to mask up in-store beginning May 18.

However, the company is still reviewing mask mandates for “certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes,” and will still adhere to mask requirements depending on city and state protocols, according to the note.

Bed Bath and Beyond

bed bath & beyond
A Bed Bath and Beyond store.

A spokesperson for Bed Bath and Beyond told Insider that it was reviewing its policies, but that its mask policy currently remains unchanged.

They added that the company would continue to align its COVID-19 protocol with local, state, and government health and safety guidelines to create a safe environment for both staff and customers.

Home Depot

Home Depot
A Home Depot store.

Home Depot has not updated its mask policy, a spokesperson told Insider.

Walgreens

walgreens masks
A sign in a Walgreens store telling customers to wear masks.

A Walgreens spokesperson told USA Today that masks will still be mandatory in its stores as these are COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites. 

Walgreens did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

CVS

CVS NYC
People outside a CVS store.

CVS said it was reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

Gap

gap store
A Gap store in a mall in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Times, Gap has said it’s reviewing its policies and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory. 

A spokesperson for the apparel giant did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment. 

Publix

Publix grocery store night
A Publix.

Florida-based supermarket chain Publix is no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated shoppers.

Dollar General

dollar general
A Dollar General store.

When asked about updated mask policies, a Dollar General spokesperson directed Insider to its website. The US chain’s COVID-19 protocols were last updated on March 10 and include a mask mandate.

Ulta

ulta
An Ulta store.

Ulta is “assessing the implications” of the new CDC guidelines, a spokesperson told Insider. The beauty giant said it would continue to enforce mask and social-distancing protocols “until our assessment is complete and we are able to share more.”

Carl’s Jr

Carl's Jr. Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr is still requiring face masks but is now reviewing its mask policy, a Carl’s Jr spokesperson told Insider.

Costco

Costco
Costco

Costco announced on Friday that customers can now shop without a mask in stores that are located in states without a mask mandate. The retailer will not require proof of vaccination.

However, as per CDC guidelines, face masks will still be required in Costco’s healthcare sections, including its pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid divisions.

Trader Joe’s

trader joes
Customers line up outside a Trader Joe’s store.

Trader Joe’s is also dropping its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers, and will not require proof of the vaccine, a spokesperson told Insider.

Lidl

Lidl

A spokesperson for Lidl told Insider that it was updating its policies to align with the new CDC guidance.

“Wherever legally permissible, fully vaccinated customers will be allowed into our stores without masks,” they said.

Ikea

ikea
Customers wait to get inside Ikea.

An Ikea spokesperson told Insider that its mask and social-distancing protocols would stay in place “for the time being” for both staff and customers because “changing our mask policy for requires careful consideration and planning.”

JCPenney

FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside, Illinois, U.S., November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A J.C. Penney employee helps a customer with her purchase at the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside

Department store chain JCPenney told Insider that masks and social distancing will still be required in its stores as it continues to monitor the situation.

Apple

Apple store

Apple is also keeping masks mandatory in stores for the time being, according to a Bloomberg report. 

Insider reached out to Apple for further comment but didn’t immediately hear back.

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Walmart, Costco, and Trader Joe’s are dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers. Here’s how other retailers are responding.

Walmart coronavirus shopping
Shoppers wearing masks at a Walmart store in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in July.

  • The CDC relaxed its guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
  • Some companies have said workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • Target, Macy’s, and Starbucks are among those saying they’ll still mandate masks in their stores.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people – but many retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Macy’s, Target, and Starbucks are among those saying they’ll still make masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores. Other retailers are on the fence.

Here’s where fully vaccinated people will and will not have to wear a mask now that the guidance has changed.

Target

mask target store
Shoppers leaving a Target in Miami.

A Target spokesperson told Insider that it was reviewing its policies and the new CDC guidance. But as of now, the chain said, it will continue upholding all its coronavirus safety measures in stores, including wearing masks and social distancing.

 

Kroger

food donations kroger
A customer wearing a mask in a Kroger store in Jackson, Mississippi.

The grocery chain Kroger said it would keep masks mandates for its customers and workers at its nearly 3,000 stores.

“As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy,” a Kroger spokesperson told Insider.

Starbucks

Starbucks barista
A Starbucks barista.

Starbucks shoppers and workers will still be required to wear masks in stores, the company told CNN.

Macy’s

macys
A person with Macy’s bags.

The department-store chain Macy’s confirmed to Insider that it would keep masks mandatory in its stores.

Walmart

Walmart
A Walmart store.

Vaccinated Walmart customers are now allowed to shop without a mask, according to a memo sent to US store associates on Friday. Fully vaccinated Walmart workers also won’t be required to mask up in-store beginning May 18.

However, the company is still reviewing mask mandates for “certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes,” and will still adhere to mask requirements depending on city and state protocols, according to the note.

Bed Bath and Beyond

bed bath & beyond
A Bed Bath and Beyond store.

A spokesperson for Bed Bath and Beyond told Insider that it was reviewing its policies, but that its mask policy currently remains unchanged.

They added that the company would continue to align its COVID-19 protocol with with local, state and government health and safety guidelines to create a safe environment for both staff and customers.

Home Depot

Home Depot
A Home Depot store.

Home Depot has not updated its mask policy, a spokesperson told Insider.

Walgreens

walgreens masks
A sign in a Walgreens store telling customers to wear masks.

A Walgreens spokesperson told CNN that it was reviewing its rules in light of the CDC’s new guidelines.

Walgreens was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider.

CVS

CVS NYC
People outside a CVS store.

CVS said it was reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

Gap

gap store
A Gap store in a mall in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Times, Gap has said it’s reviewing its policies and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory.

A spokesperson for the apparel giant was not immediately available to comment when contacted by Insider.

Publix

Publix grocery store night
A Publix.

The supermarket chain Publix is “awaiting additional guidance before implementing potential changes,” a spokesperson told Insider.

Dollar General

dollar general
A Dollar General store.

When asked about updated mask policies, a Dollar General spokesperson directed Insider to its website. The US chain’s COVID-19 protocols were last updated on March 10 and include a mask mandate.

Ulta

ulta
An Ulta store.

Ulta is “assessing the implications” of the new CDC guidelines, a spokesperson told Insider. The beauty giant said it would continue to enforce mask and social-distancing protocols “until our assessment is complete and we are able to share more.”

Carl’s Jr

Carl's Jr. Restaurant
Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr is still requiring face masks but is now reviewing its mask policy, a Carl’s Jr spokesperson told Insider.

Costco

Costco
Costco

Costco announced on Friday that customers can now shop without a mask in stores that are located in states without a mask mandate. The retailer will not require proof of vaccination.

However, as per CDC guidelines, face masks will still be required in Costco’s healthcare sections, including its pharmacy, optical, and hearing aid divisions.

Trader Joe’s

trader joes
Customers line up outside a Trader Joe’s store.

Trader Joe’s is also dropping its mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers, and will not require proof of the vaccine, a spokesperson told Insider.

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Walmart, Target, and Starbucks say they’re keeping mask mandates despite the CDC relaxing guidance for vaccinated people. Here’s how stores are responding to the new guidelines.

Walmart coronavirus shopping
Shoppers wearing masks at a Walmart store in North Brunswick, New Jersey, in July.

  • The CDC relaxed its guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
  • Some states lifted mask mandates, but companies say workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • Target, Walmart, and Starbucks are among those saying they’ll still mandate masks in their stores.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated people – but many retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Walmart, Target, and Starbucks are among those saying they’ll still make masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores. Other retailers are on the fence.

Here’s where fully vaccinated people will and will not have to wear a mask now that the guidance has changed.

Target

mask target store
Shoppers leaving a Target in Miami.

A Target spokesperson told Insider that it was reviewing its policies and the new CDC guidance. But as of now, the chain said, it will continue upholding all its coronavirus safety measures in stores, including wearing masks and social distancing.

 

Kroger

food donations kroger
A customer wearing a mask in a Kroger store in Jackson, Mississippi.

The grocery chain Kroger said it would keep masks mandates for its customers and workers at its nearly 3,000 stores.

“As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance, and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy,” a Kroger spokesperson told Insider.

Walmart

Walmart
A Walmart store.

Walmart said it would stick to its mask policy in stores for the time being.

“We serve millions of Americans every week and believe our policy of requiring associates and customers to wear masks in our stores has helped protect them during the pandemic, and we’re not lifting those measures at this time,” the company said in a statement shared with The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday.

A Walmart spokesperson was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider.

Starbucks

Starbucks barista
A Starbucks barista.

Starbucks shoppers and workers will still be required to wear masks in stores, the company told CNN.

Macy’s

macys
A person with Macy’s bags.

The department-store chain Macy’s confirmed to Insider that it would keep masks mandatory in its stores.

Home Depot

Home Depot
A Home Depot store.

Home Depot has not updated its mask policy yet, a spokesperson told Insider.

Walgreens

walgreens masks
A sign in a Walgreens store telling customers to wear masks.

A Walgreens spokesperson told CNN that it was reviewing its rules in light of the CDC’s new guidelines.

Walgreens was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider.

CVS

CVS NYC
People outside a CVS store.

CVS said it was reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

Gap

gap store
A Gap store in a mall in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Times, Gap has said it’s reviewing its policies and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory.

A spokesperson for the apparel giant was not immediately available to comment when contacted by Insider.

Publix

Publix grocery store night
A Publix.

The supermarket chain Publix is “awaiting additional guidance before implementing potential changes,” a spokesperson told Insider.

Dollar General

dollar general
A Dollar General store.

When asked about updated mask policies, a Dollar General spokesperson directed Insider to its website. The US chain’s COVID-19 protocols were last updated on March 10 and include a mask mandate.

Ulta

ulta
An Ulta store.

Ulta is “assessing the implications” of the new CDC guidelines, a spokesperson told Insider. The beauty giant said it would continue to enforce mask and social-distancing protocols “until our assessment is complete and we are able to share more.”

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Walmart, Target, and Starbucks are keeping mask mandates despite the CDC relaxing guidance for vaccinated people. Here’s how stores are responding to the new guidelines.

Walmart coronavirus shopping
Shoppers are seen wearing masks while shopping at a Walmart store, in North Brunswick, New Jersey, on July 20, 2020.

  • The CDC has relaxed guidelines for wearing masks indoors and outdoors for fully-vaccinated people.
  • Certain states have now lifted mask mandates, but some companies say workers and customers still need to wear masks.
  • Target, Walmart, and Starbucks are among those still mandating masks in their stores.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday relaxed guidance for mask-wearing in indoor and outdoor spaces for fully vaccinated people – but many retailers and restaurants aren’t ready to welcome maskless customers.

Walmart, Target, and Starbucks are among those who are still making masks mandatory for shoppers and workers in their stores, they said Thursday. Other retailers are still on the fence.

Find out where you will and will not have to wear a mask, if you’ve been fully vaccinated, now the rules have changed:

Target

mask target store
Shoppers wearing protective face mask leave a Target store during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Miami.

Target said in a statement shared with Fox Business that it was upholding all of its coronavirus safety measures in stores. As a result, customers and workers will be required to wear masks and stay socially distanced. 

A spokesperson for Target was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider. 

Kroger

food donations kroger
A customer wears a mask to donate a frozen turkey at a north Jackson, Mississippi, Kroger grocery store on November 19, 2020.

Grocery chain Kroger is also keeping masks mandates for all of its customers and workers at its nearly 3,000 stores, CNN reported.

A spokesperson for Kroger was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider. 

Walmart

Walmart

Walmart is sticking to its mask policy in stores for the time being.

“We serve millions of Americans every week and believe our policy of requiring associates and customers to wear masks in our stores has helped protect them during the pandemic, and we’re not lifting those measures at this time,” the company said in a statement shared with The Columbus Dispatch

A spokesperson for Walmart was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider.  

Starbucks

Starbucks barista

Starbucks shoppers and workers will still be required to wear masks in its stores, the company said, according to CNN.

Home Depot

Home Depot

Home Depot told The New York Times that it had no plans to change its mask policy in stores. Insider reached out for further comment, but didn’t immediately hear back.  

Macy’s

macy's shoppers coronavirus masks shopping bags

Macy’s has not yet confirmed whether masks will still be mandatory in its stores. A spokesperson told CNN that it is currently reviewing its policies. 

Macy’s was not immediately available to comment when contacted by Insider. 

Walgreens

walgreens masks

Walgreens has not yet confirmed how it will react to the CDC’s new guidelines, but a spokesperson told CNN that it is reviewing its rules.

Walgreens was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Insider.

CVS

CVS NYC

CVS is reviewing its mask policy.

“The safety of our employees and customers will continue to guide our decision-making process,” the company said in a statement to Insider.

 

Gap

gap store
The Gap store inside the Westfield Topanga shopping mall in on Friday, June 26, 2020 in Canoga Park, CA.

According to The Times, Gap Inc is reviewing its policies, and has not confirmed whether masks will continue to be mandatory.

A spokesperson for the apparel giant was not immediately available to comment when contacted by Insider. 

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