Walmart and Sam's Club are dropping their mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers and staff

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  • Walmart and Sam's Club are dropping their mask mandates for fully vaccinated customers and workers.

  • The updated guidelines came 1 day after the CDC relaxed mask guidance for fully vaccinated Americans.

  • The stores will still enforce masks in areas where local and state mask requirements are in place.

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Fully vaccinated Walmart and Sam's Clubs customers and store associates will no longer have to wear face masks in-store, according to a memo emailed to employees on Friday.

The stores will still enforce mask requirements in areas where local and state mask laws remain in place.

This new announcement goes into affect immediately for Walmart and Sam's Club customers, but vaccinated workers will still have to wait until May 18 before they can work without a mask on. Associates who want to work without a mask will have to note that they're vaccinated in the "daily health assessment."

The companies are still reviewing mask protocols for "certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes," and will continue to follow mask mandates depending on city and state guidances, according to the note.

Non-vaccinated patrons are still required to mask up when shopping in a Walmart or Sam's Club store.

These updated protocols come just one day after the CDC relaxed its face mask guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans. Stores like Costco and Trader Joe's have since dropped their mask protocols as well, but many companies, including Dollar General and Kroger, will continue to uphold face covering mandates for now.

Walmart first began enforcing a face mask mandate for its 1.5 million US employees in April 2020. This guideline was then extended to include customers in July of that year.

Despite this all-encompassing mandate, the country's largest retailer still told its associates to let customers who refused to wear a mask continue to shop in order to avoid any "physical confrontations," CNN reported.

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