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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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