Starbucks joins Disney World in becoming latest companies to allow vaccinated to ditch masks in some states
STARBUCKS has joined Disney World as the latest company to allow fully vaccinated customers to ditch masks in some states.
The move comes days after the CDC released new mask guidelines stating that vaccinated people did not need masks outdoors or indoors.
In a statement, the company announced that "facial coverings will be optional for vaccinated customers" as of Monday, May 17, as long as local regulations allow it.
Disney World in Florida announced that Covid-19 vaccinated customers would no longer be required to wear face masks while outdoors as of this weekend.
Masks were still required while indoors at the parks.
Disneyland in California is still requiring masks both indoors and outdoors because of state mandates.
Neither Starbucks or Disney have indicated that they will require proof of vaccination from customers who show up maskless.
After the CDC's relaxed guidelines were announced on Thursday, several companies made moves to relax or do away with mask mandates.
Trader Joe's, Walmart and Costco all updated their policies immediately after the CDC's annoucement.
Trader Joe's announced that vaccinated customers would no longer be required to wear masks inside their grocery stores where local laws allow it, but employees will still be wearing masks for the time being.
Walmart announced that vaccinated customers could go maskless beginning on May 18 in states that permit it.
Employees may go maskless as well but would have to answer "yes" to a vaccination question during a daily health assessment.
Costco announced that vaccinated customers could go mask-free on Friday.
None of the companies that have announced relaxed mandates so far have indicated that they will require proof from customers.
After the CDC's mask announcement, eight states – Minnesota, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, and Connecticut – immediately moved to relax regulations.
Others – including New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, and California – are keeping requirements for the time being.
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