States, retail giants lift mask mandates

Costco and Walmart moved Friday to lift their mask mandates for fully vaccinated people

5/15/2021 5:30:00 AM

Costco and Walmart moved Friday to lift their mask mandates for fully vaccinated people

The moves came a day after the CDC said it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go maskless in any type of group gathering.

to go maskless in any type of group gathering, indoors or outdoors. Close to 60 percent of American adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and President Joe Biden has set a goal for 70 percent of American adults to get at least one dose by July 4.

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Northam also announced that the state will lift all of its social distancing and capacity limitations May 28, and Hogan had announced earlier in the week that Maryland was lifting capacity restrictions Saturday. Businesses can still require masks, and the states will have exceptions for public transportation, health care facilities and schools.

“Virginians have been doing the right thing, and we're seeing the results,” Northam said in a video on Twitter. “The vaccines are clearly working and they are saving lives.”“Today is the day that so many of us have been waiting for and working toward,”

. “We finally do clearly see the light at the end of that tunnel.”Also in the region, D.C.Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursdaythat “we are immediately reviewing the CDC guidance and will update DC Health guidance accordingly.”Costco and Walmart, which both have locations in the area and nationwide, also moved Friday to lift their mask mandates for fully vaccinated people.

In regions with no mask requirements, Costco will now allow customers that have been fully vaccinated to shop without a mask and won't require any proof of vaccination."We ask for members’ responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy," Costco president and CEO W. Craig Jelinek said in a release.

Masks will still be required in Costco "healthcare settings" like the pharmacy.As for Walmart, fully vaccinated customers will no longer need to wear masks as of Friday in areas without mask mandates, and fully vaccinated Walmart workers won’t need to wear masks starting Tuesday. Walmart field associates will also get a $75 bonus for getting vaccinated.

Both Walmart and Costco will follow local regulations on masks if there are any, the companies said in releases.Public health officials have eased up on their concern for vaccinated people after months of urging Americans to avoid crowded places when possible.

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After the CDC updated its guidance, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN Friday that he'd be comfortable eating indoors at restaurants just over a month after he said on MSNBC that it wasn't "OK."CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Fauci, the long-time National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, if he'd go into a crowded restaurant to have a beer and a burger.

"The answer is yes," Fauci said. "If I had the time to do it, I would do it. But I don't have the time to do it." Read more: POLITICO »

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Like anywhere.. to do that those have to show that they've been vaccinated. How to tell how is vaccinated who is not? You won’t be able to—it’s the honor system. The important thing is YOU can get vaccinated to protect yourself if you want. Plus, no one will stop you if you want to keep wearing a mask.

They will. I won't. I don't trust my fellow Americans, just yet. Look, they can do what they think is the right thing to do and I'll do what I think is the right thing to do which is wear a mask when I shop in their store. I'm talking to Costco. on't Wear a mask, wear a mask, don't wear a mask, wear a mask if you want, wear a mask if it's convenient BTW wear 2 masks, don't wear a mask what a crock!!

It's human nature to cheat. Since there were so many anti-maskers and there are still so many anti-vaxxers, I'll keep wearing mine even though I've been vaccinated. Ready to make a change? Thread with details: What about any adult who gets sick with COVID, after May 31st, and are not vaccinated will not be allowed hospitalization. Give them a cough drop, tell them to go home and take care of their “cold”. Then give them a pamphlet telling them to get a vaccine next time.

How can you tell if someone is fully vaccinated? I shop at Costco every other week. Even now, fully vaccinated, I wear a mask, I stay distant from other people, I get my stuff and get out of there. If I see a crowded isle, I won't go down it. I will circle around, come back later or not at all. Herd immunity? Nope; not yet.

This is a huge mistake. How many times will we prematurely open things up and then get hit with another wave? We are not at herd immunity levels yet. You have no idea who has been vaccinated as you go about your business. Everyone is still at risk.

Yes you can still distinguish the anti-vaxxers from the rest, they will be the ones with a dry cough Not good. That’s where many proTrump anti vaxxers shop How do you know who is fully vaccinated? Masks are a must! Now to check for fake vaccination cards I hope they’re passing out free N95s at the door to anyone who wants one … cause they don’t know who’s been vaccinated and who can’t be vaccinated.

How do you know who's vaccinated? HOW SWAY? This is stupid. How do you tell the difference Lmao so much crying going on making it easy for hustlers to get ahead How do they sort them out?

No surprise here, look who owns the and their clientele! How will they know if you have been fully vaccinated? For any person period Anybody else laughing their butt's off thinking that Anti's will suddenly be honorable people? 🤭🤭😂😂 I like that picture of the woman holding that escalator handrail. Those handrails are the most filthy thing people may touch in their lifetime.

I'm glad we live in a country and a time where we can totally trust people to be honest about their vaccination status. 주님의 오시는 길을 예비하세요. 메시아께서 오십니다. ACrippleHasWalked Everybody has had a chance to get vaccinated everybody knows the risk So quit trying to control people and give them their liberties back.

Aagghhhh and those who aren't vaccinated can be trusted to wear one?

How do they know who is fully vaccinated?