Target joins other retailers in no longer requiring masks for vaccinated customers, employees

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The retailer is 'strongly recommending' those who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings.

Target will stop requiring face masks for fully vaccinated customers and employees, the company announced Monday morning.

The move comes from the recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, the company said, which eases mask-wearing protocol for vaccinated individuals indoors. The updated mask policy will apply to all stores unless required by a state or local order.

However, the retailer said it is “strongly recommended” for those who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings. It plans to continue increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing.

Target joins other major retailers like Publix, Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s in easing their mask policy. Other national retailers like Winn-Dixie and CVS have, for now, decided to keep mandatory mask policies in place. 

The Sunshine State has so far reported 9.5 million individuals who have received at least one shot of the vaccine. So far, about 7.5 million have been fully vaccinated.

Lifting mask policies for vaccinated individuals will likely rely on a system of trust, following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on “vaccine passports” — a term that refers to institutions verifying vaccination status. Entities that require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine could get slapped with a $5,000 fine for each affected customer or student.

“You have a right to participate in society — go to a restaurant, movie, a ballgame, all these things — without having to divulge this type of information. And oh, by the way, you give that to big companies; they are going to absolutely try to monetize that. So, we didn’t want to go down that road,” DeSantis said when signing the new proposal into law earlier this month.

However, the new law still allows businesses to make their own rules regarding masks, temperature checks and other protocols.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • John

    May 17, 2021 at 10:05 am

    The fact is that a cheap paper mask cannot prevent spread of virus.
    If you think a mask does anything then please go get your shots, you will be culled by the Gates Agenda.
    Winn-Dixie, this will be the final nails in their coffin. Target relented because all any of them care about in the end, is bottom line. It’s like OPEC, once a couple break with the conspiracy they crumble.
    Masks are nice though for thwarting NSA and CIA facial recognition tracking. They allow you to maintain privacy while out in public.
    I can’t wait for the next false flag event!

  • Jane

    May 22, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    I’m right with you, John. 👌🏼

  • William

    May 28, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Glad I can shop at Target again. I stopped when they kept requiring masks. I can tell other retailers you will keep losing customers if you keep the mask lie going.

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