CDC Guidance, Starbucks, and Walt Disney World Resort are the first large corporations to loosen their mask rules, only days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who have been properly vaccinated against Covid-19 are no longer required to wear face coverings in certain situations, whether indoors or outside.
Starbucks announced on its website on Friday that, starting Monday, face coverings would be optional for fully vaccinated customers unless local laws mandate them.
In its announcement, the organization said, “It is our duty to protect our partners and clients, and we are committed to fulfilling or exceeding all public health mandates.”
In the meantime, Walt Disney World announced on its website that masks are no longer needed in “outdoor common areas.” The new policy went into practice on Saturday. According to the website, face coverings are still required upon entry and in all attractions.
Starting Tuesday, fully vaccinated staff and shoppers will no longer be allowed to wear masks, according to a memo released by Walmart on Friday.
Large stores around the country have started to announce updates to their mask policies as a result of the CDC’s update in guidelines.
In most cases, individuals who have been completely vaccinated against the virus should not need to wear masks or keep a safe distance from others, according to the CDC.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said during a media conference Thursday afternoon, “We’ve all yearned for this moment when we can get back to some kind of normalcy.”
“The moment has arrived for those who are completely vaccinated,” Walensky said, “based on the continued downward trend of cases, clinical evidence on the performance of our vaccines, and our knowledge of how the virus spreads.”