Wal-mart, Costco & Trader Joe’s – customers can go maskless — poor employees cannot.

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Persons who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to shop without masks at many Walmart, Costco and Trader Joe’s locations nationwide, the companies said in separate news releases Friday.

The announcements come a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except when in healthcare settings, on public transportation, or in other areas where governments require masks.

People will still need to follow workplace and local businesses’ mask guidance, the CDC said.


At Walmart, “fully vaccinated customers” — consumers who have received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — will be allowed to enter stores mask-free, the company said in a news release.

Walmart said the mask-free rule will include all stores, clubs, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and offices.

“We will continue to request that non-vaccinated customers and members wear face coverings in our stores and clubs,” Walmart said in its news release. “We will update the signage in our facilities to reflect this.”

“We will be communicating with your local store, club or facility management team as regulations change so they can keep you informed,” Walmart said.

Unvaccinated workers must still wear face coverings, the store said.


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