The week saw a significant milestone in COVID-19 pandemic progress: On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted the national face mask requirement for individuals who are fully vaccinated. By late Friday, several grocery chains around the country had revised their own mask policies to reflect this update—some for their employees, as well as their customers.
It’s important to note that, as some of these supermarket brands have stated, their guidelines remain subject to state and local masking regulations. It’s also worth remembering that while this is a thrilling update for those who are fully vaccinated, national infectious diseases authority Dr. Anthony Fauci has reminded us that this does not mean the pandemic is over.
Click through to learn where you can now grocery shop mask-free if you’re vaccinated.
On Friday, Trader Joe’s appeared to be the first to make their announcement lifting face mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers. “We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” their site stated.
USA Today reported Friday that Costco…