Mask rules for fully vaccinated customers: What to know if you’re going shopping this weekend

(NEXSTAR) – The CDC’s latest guidance could suggest that fully vaccinated Americans can feel safe in certain indoor spaces by removing their face coverings. However, this does not mean that they can take off their masks completely.

As stated by the CDC, the mask requirements remain in place where the federal government mandates it, e.g. B. on public transportation or hospitals, and wherever required by state, local, tribal, or territorial law or regulation. However, mask mandates can also remain required by business owners or retail stores. As a result, some large retailers have refined or revised their own mask guidelines in accordance with the latest guidelines from the CDC.

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Confused about where to put your mask or not? Here is a list of national retail stores that are maintaining their mask mandates and others that have relaxed their rules for fully vaccinated * diners, if state and local laws allow.


Albertons companies, which include supermarkets such as Albertsons, Vons, Jewel-Osco and Safeway, continue to require masks for all guests and employees.


Aldi supermarkets currently do not require masks from fully vaccinated guests. As of May 26, Aldi employees who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to wear face covers to work.

Bed bath in addition

Bed Bath & Beyond is currently maintaining its mask mandate for “all customers and employees”.

Best buy

Fully vaccinated Best Buy employees and customers no longer have to wear masks in the store, but employees who work in people’s homes – for example in the “Geek Squad” – still have to wear them outside of the company.

Large quantities

With big lots, customers or employees who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in the branches.

BJ’s wholesale club

BJ’s no longer requires fully vaccinated customers to wear masks in the store. Team members who are fully vaccinated can also remove their masks. Vaccinated or not vaccinated, however, all customers and employees in the optical departments of the shops still have to wear face coverings, “as this is a healthcare sector”.

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CVS confirmed that fully vaccinated guests no longer need to wear masks in the store. Employees must continue to wear face covers.

Dick’s sporting goods

According to the latest COVID response website, Dick’s Sporting Goods does not require fully vaccinated guests to wear masks in its stores.

Dollar general

Fully vaccinated customer, employee, or supplier masks are not required for Dollar General locations.


HEB supermarkets continue to require masks from customers and employees. “Nothing has changed since the policy was last updated in March,” said a company representative.

Home Depot

Fully vaccinated customers or employees in Home Depot stores no longer need to wear face covers in the store.


IKEA no longer requires fully vaccinated customers to wear masks. “However, we continue to recommend that our customers wear masks to protect the unvaccinated population,” IKEA stated in a recent update.


JCPenney does not require fully vaccinated customers or employees to wear masks in most departments. “However, JCPenney Salon, JCPenney Optical, and JCPenney Portraits Studio still require a mask for the client and employee regardless of vaccination,” the company notes.


At Kohl’s, “fully vaccinated customers can shop with or without a mask,” the company confirmed.


After the Kroger family of companies, which jointly operate thousands of grocery stores under various banner brands, initially adhered to their mask policy, Kroger enables fully vaccinated customers to shop without a mask. Fully vaccinated employees who do not work in the pharmacy or clinic also no longer have to wear face covers.


Lowe has decided to “align with the CDC’s new guidelines” and eliminate the need for masks from fully vaccinated customers.


Face covers are not required for fully vaccinated customers at Macy’s, although they are still recommended.


In Publix supermarkets, people who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks in their shops.

Rite aid

The latest Rite Aid policy continues to mandate masks for customers and employees.

Ross Stores

Ross discount stores continue to require masks from guests and employees in accordance with the latest online policy.


“Given the updated guidance from the CDC … Target no longer requires fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face covers in our stores unless required by local regulations,” Target announced on May 17.

Trader Joes

Fully vaccinated customers at Trader Joe’s no longer have to wear masks, a representative from the point of sale confirmed.

TJ Maxx

The TJX companies, which own TJ Maxx as well as HomeGoods and Marshall’s, among others, continue to require masks for all customers and employees.


Walgreens does not require masks from fully vaccinated customers, but employees must still wear face covers in order to work.


Walmart customers and employees, as well as those of Sam’s Club branches, do not need to wear masks when fully vaccinated.

* According to the CDC, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccination such as the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.

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