Late on Friday, Walmart Inc., the Bentonville, Arkansas-headquartered world’s largest brick-and-mortar and online retailer, said in an internal memo to US stores, Sam’s Clubs alongside other supply chain facilities that its fully vaccinated employees would no longer need to wear a mask while working starting from Tuesday, though, unvaccinated workers must have to wear face masks, becoming the world’s first major retailer to roll back a nearly 10-month-long mandatory face covering policy.
In point of fact, latest move from Walmart Inc. to allow its fully vaccinated employees to work without face coverings came against the backdrop of a latest guidance from US CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), while the US CDC had been quoted saying on Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans would not require to wear masks outdoors and could be allowed to avoid wearing face coverings indoor in most places.
Besides, latest Walmart Inc. announcement had also added that the Bentonville retailer’s fully vaccinated customers alongside Sam’s Club members would be able to shop without a face covering starting from as early as Friday.
Walmart allows shopping without a mask from Friday
In factuality, Walmart Inc. had been one of several multinational American retailers adopting a policy back in July last year that required all of its staffs and customers to wear face coverings in order to prevent the transmission of pandemic contagion.
Meanwhile, adding that Walmart Inc would soon provide further guidance on use of face masks, the World’s No 1 brick-and-mortar and online retailer said in the memo, “We are also reviewing whether masks may still be required for certain job codes for health and sanitation purposes and will share additional guidance soon. ”