Updated: May 17, 2021 07:44 PM
Created: May 17, 2021 03:37 PM
Most major retail chains have removed their mask requirements for fully vaccinated staff and customers–the latest being Target on Monday.
In addition to Target, Walmart, Super One, Cub Foods, CVS Pharmacy and Starbucks have removed their mask requirements for fully vaccinated staff and customers in all locations, unless one is required by state or local laws.
In a statement, Target said: “Given the CDC’s updated guidance last week, Target will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in our stores, except where it’s required by local ordinances.”
Information about Walmart’s updated policy can found here, including information about a $75 bonus incentive for staff who get vaccinated.
Super One said in a statement: “Due to the updated CDC recommendations and Governors orders last week, Super One stores will no longer require fully vaccinated customers and employees to wear face masks in our stores, except where required by a local ordinance.”
While, Cub Food’s said in a statement: “After careful review, CUB is removing its face covering requirement effective immediately for vaccinated customers and employees at all locations, unless a local municipality dictates otherwise.”
WDIO spoke to community members shopping at the Duluth Target Monday about the development.
Kiiera Anderson of Duluth said it was a welcome surprise.
“I’m honestly pretty excited. I didn’t really know that was the case because obviously I walked in with my mask,” Anderson said.
Clifford Stone of Grand Marias was also pleasantly surprised by the change.
“I wasn’t sure so I wore one,” Stone said. “It felt great. Kind of like you’ve got your freedom again.”
Other shoppers accompanied by young children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine said they would continue wearing them.
“I plan to wear a mask. I’m fully vaccinated. I just, you know, I’m so used to wearing one and I just think it’s something super easy that I can do and keep everyone safe,” Olivia of Duluth said.
Aldi is still requiring masks for the time being.
While, Menards said in a statement: “On the surface, that’s great news. However, the CDC has forgotten to tell us how to tell the difference between a vaccinated person and an unvaccinated person. We are making inquiries and are anxiously awaiting their further instruction.”
Staff and guests who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue to wear a mask in all of these businesses to protect themselves and others.
For the time being, masks are still required in businesses in Superior as well because their mask ordinance does not expire until June 1st.