Masks are back: Stores revise COVID policies with rise of Delta variant

U.S. & World

(WJW) – The CDC’s updated guidance for preventing the spread of the coronavirus recommends all people wear masks in public indoor settings in highly transmissible areas, even those who have been vaccinated.

There is concern about the Delta variant of coronavirus.

According to health experts, it is more contagious, and it takes less of the virus to cause serious infection.

There have been a very low number of breakthrough cases among vaccinated people.

For those who are vaccinated who do get it, the early data shows they become less sick or asymptomatic.

As new information emerges, companies are making their decisions about how they’ll keep employees and customers safe moving forward.

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APPLE

Apple is requiring masks for all employees and customers in most U.S. stores.

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

All guests are required to wear masks in indoor spaces.

DISNEY WORLD

The happiest place on Earth includes masks too. Disney World announced that all guests over the age of 2 will need masks in indoor spaces.

The company is also requiring all non-union employees to get the COVID vaccine.

GIANT EAGLE

Giant Eagle is requiring all employees to wear masks and encouraging all customers to do the same.

GOOGLE

Google is requiring all employees to be vaccinated before its offices fully reopen in October.

HOME DEPOT

All employees are required to wear masks indoors. Guests will be asked to wear masks as well. Masks will be offered to customers who don’t have one.

KOHL’S

Kohl’s will require employees in high-risk counties to wear masks in its stores.

Masks are encouraged for customers but not required.

KROGER

Kroger asks all individuals to wear masks in their facilities. The guidelines require unvaccinated customers and employees to wear them.

LOWE’S

Lowe’s requires all employees to wear masks indoors. They’ll be asking customers to do the same and offering free masks to those who aren’t wearing one.

MCDONALD’S

McDonald’s is requiring crew and customers to wear masks inside restaurants in areas with substantial transmission.

TARGET

All employees are required to wear masks at Target. The company is not mandating masks for guests but is strongly encouraging customers wear masks as well.

WALMART

Walmart is requiring that employees get vaccinated by October. Employees are also required to wear masks.

The company is encouraging customers to wear masks also.

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