WASHINGTON (SBG) — After new mask-wearing guidelines were issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, America's biggest retailer will allow employees and customers to go maskless, only if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Walmart Friday announced that beginning on Tuesday, May 18, workers and shoppers will not need to wear a mask inside all stores nationwide. The company will also give all employees who decide to get vaccinated a $75 bonus "as a thank you for getting vaccinated," the company said in a corporate memo. The bonus applies to "all current U.S. field-based Walmart, Sam’s Club and Supply Chain associates (hourly and salaried) below the level of store manager," the company said.
On Thursday, the CDC changed its mask-wearing guidelines for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to go without a mask in most indoor places. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must have been two weeks since a person received their second dose of either the Pfizer of Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In its corporate memo, Walmart stated the following rules for wearing masks in its stores:
The company stated to its employees:
These are positive developments. We can do this. We’ve been through a lot this year, and now we need to do our part to finish this. We encourage you to get vaccinated and to tell your friends and fellow associates. Thank you to all of you who have already chosen to make a difference and thank you to all of you who will choose to do so now.
Folks don't have to go far to get vaccinated as Walmart is offering free vaccines in all of their Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies nationwide.