Customers who are fully vaccinated are exempt from wearing masks at Target, CVS, Starbucks, and other stores


Michael Limon , Staff Writer

Except where required by law, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks, CVS, and Target will not require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks inside stores. 


The policy changes follow an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on mask use. 


Customers who are fully vaccinated can also shop without wearing a mask at Walmart, Costco, and Trader Joe’s.


On Monday, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Target, CVS Health, and Starbucks joined a growing list of retailers and restaurants that loosened mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers, unless local or state laws require facial coverings.


After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to cover their faces indoors, businesses began changing their policies on wearing masks inside stores and cafes.


Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Publix were among the first stores to allow customers to shop without wearing masks. However, Home Depot, Gap, and Ulta Beauty are among those who have stated that they will continue to take precautions against the pandemic while they monitor the latest developments.


In most cases, whether indoors or outdoors, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart from others, according to the CDC. Two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson, people are considered fully vaccinated.


Some believe the new guidance will encourage more people to get vaccinated, while others worry that it places too much reliance on people being truthful about their vaccination status. Those who have not yet been vaccinated or who have children under the age of 12 who cannot yet receive the vaccine are concerned about the possibility of unvaccinated people going maskless.


According to the CDC, roughly 47 percent of the US population had received at least one vaccine dose as of Saturday. According to the CDC, about 37% of people are fully vaccinated.


All of the retailers stated that they would adhere to local regulations, which are constantly changing. Starting Wednesday, New York state will allow people who are fully vaccinated to avoid wearing masks. According to federal guidelines, masks will still be required in some settings, such as public transportation and health-care facilities.


California health officials said Monday that they will stick to their plan to keep the mask mandate in place until June 15, which was set before the CDC’s updated guidance was released.


Customers’ vaccination status was not checked by retailers who changed their mask policies. Those who have not been vaccinated were asked to continue wearing masks in their stores. With their workforces, the companies have taken a variety of approaches.