Coronavirus case numbers have been falling and vaccinations have been rising—prompting some state officials to lift certain mitigation measures, despite health experts warning against this. In fact, Montana, Iowa, North Dakota, and Mississippi have all lifted their statewide mask mandates within the past three months, and Texas' is set to expire March 10. However, just because your state has gotten rid of its statewide mask mandate doesn't mean you can go anywhere you want without a mask. The following eight stores have made it clear that they will still be requiring customers to wear masks within their locations nationwide, even if a state has lifted its mandate. Read on to find out which stores say you still can't enter without a mask, and for essential mask guidance, If You See This on Your Mask, the FDA Says Toss It Immediately.
Target updated its guidelines on March 2—the same day Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would lift the state's mask mandate—to assure customers that the company would still be requiring masks inside stores nationwide. "We require guests to wear masks or face coverings in all of our stores, except for guests with underlying medical conditions and young children," Target's guidelines state. "Those who have been vaccinated for coronavirus are still required to wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines." And for more on the future of the pandemic, This Is When We Can Expect the Next COVID Surge, Experts Say.
A spokesperson for CVS told the Wall Street Journal that CVS will continue to require masks, as it has been in all stores nationwide since July. According to the spokesperson, CVS will be following federal health guidelines, even as states lift requirements. And for requirements that are relaxing, The CDC Is About to Relax These COVID Restrictions, Dr. Fauci Says.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Walgreens will also continue to require masks. The company's guidelines, which were just updated on Feb. 25, say that "customers are required to wear face covers before entering the store except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or where the individual is under 2 years of age," in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And for more on Walgreens and coronavirus, You'll Be Able to Get Vaccinated at Any Walgreens by This Date.
Grocery chain Kroger announced it would still require customers to wear masks inside its stores throughout the U.S., CNN reported March 3. The company told CNN that it will "continue to require everyone in our stores across the country to wear masks until all our frontline grocery associates can receive the COVID-19 vaccine." And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Macy's will still require masks as well. According to Reuters, the company said on March 2 that its policy that customers wear masks in stores will remain unchanged. "It is a simple act. Macy’s is requiring all customers to wear a facial covering while shopping in our stores to respect their fellow shoppers and the colleagues that serve them," the company's website states. And for more retail news, This Popular Department Store Just Filed for Bankruptcy.
Bloomberg reported on March 3 that Best Buy would be maintaining its mask guidelines in accordance with the CDC. Per Best Buy's website, customers are required to wear a face covering and the store "will supply a face covering if you don’t have one." And for more on protecting yourself, If You're Layering These Masks, the CDC Says to Stop Immediately.
Kohl's will keep its mask requirements as well, Bloomberg reports. The company has required in-store shoppers to wear a mask since July, according to its website. And for more on your coronavirus risk, If You've Done This Recently, You’re 70 Percent More Likely to Get COVID.
If your Starbucks store is open inside, you still won't be able to enter without a mask. According to the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks has no plans to drop its mask mandate. The company's guidelines were updated on Feb. 8 to say that masks are still required and employees "have the right and responsibility to refuse service to customers who are not wearing facial coverings." And for more buzz on coffee companies, This Is the Most Hated Coffee Chain in America.