+ Add Chrome Extension

USA TODAY

news
30 days ago
6  Likes 0  Comments

About this Deal

Costco, which was one of the first retailers to mandate shoppers wear masks, has dropped its face-covering requirement for those who are fully vaccinated.

The wholesale club said it updated its policy Friday, which is now in effect at some locations, CEO Craig Jelinek wrote in a letter to members.

Walmart, Sam's Club and Trader Joe's also are no longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines Thursday.

"In Costco locations where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate, we will allow members and guests who are fully vaccinated to enter Costco without a face mask or face shield," CEO Craig Jelinek wrote in a letter to members Friday.

Save better, spend better: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here


Don't ditch your mask:Masks still required for now at Target, Walgreens, CVS and more, but retailers review new CDC mask guidance

However, masks will still be required at all club pharmacies, optical and hearing aid departments.

Jelinek said clubs will not require proof of vaccination but that the company asks "for members’ responsible and respectful cooperation with this revised policy."

In clubs that still have a mandate, Jelinek said the company "will follow the state or local regulations and continue to require members and guests to wear a face mask or face shield."

Children under 2 continue to be exempt from wearing a face covering.

Buying American is harder than it sounds: Jeep is a good example
Old iPhones, PCs and printers: How to recycle or dump e-waste
When will child tax credit payments start? Checks set to roll out July
Beyond screecs: Are we ready for the metaverse?
The Daily Money: Subscribe to our newsletter
Why not sell your home with an app?
Costco started requiring masks in early May 2020. In November, it updated its policy to require all members, guests and employees, including those with medical conditions, to wear a face mask or a face shield.

The CDC said Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans, for the most part, no longer need to wear masks indoors and don’t have to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded spaces.


But privately-owned businesses can still require masks, which most of the nation's largest retailers started mandating last summer. There are other exceptions for when the CDC recommends masks such as in health care settings, transportation hubs such as airports and stations, planes and public transportation.

Many retailers, including Target, CVS and Walgreens, are still evaluating the CDC guidance but say they could update policies.

Get the Coronavirus Watch newsletter in your inbox.
Stay safe and informed with updates on the spread of the coronavirus

Delivery: Varies
Your Email
"As before, our goal is to continue to provide a safe shopping environment for our members and guests and to provide a safe work environment for our employees, while following public health advice and applicable laws," Jelinek said.

Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

Masks still required:Face coverings still required for now at Target, Walgreens, CVS and more, but retailers review new CDC mask guidance

No more masks:Walmart, Sam's Club drop mask rule for fully vaccinated customers and employees after CDC mask guidelines


Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko
What's the matter?

💬 Comments

Thanks! Worked! 👍 🙏 🤩 💕 🥳 🔥 😍
👀 Related Deals