OHIO – Kroger is the next in a growing number of retailers across the country’s that have adopted the CDCs guidelines for vaccinated people to not wear masks in stores.
A statement posted by Kroger today says, “During the pandemic, #Kroger‘s priority has been the safety of our associates & customers. We have followed the CDC & our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marc Watkins & listened to associates & customers to guide our policies.”
Kroger like others retailers will allow people who are vaccinated to not wear masks in stores. Starting May 20, fully vaccinated customers and most fully vaccinated associates no longer need to wear a mask in our facilities, including stores, distribution centers, plants, and offices, unless otherwise required by state or local jurisdiction. If there is a state or local mandate, we will adhere to that requirement and its timeline.
• Non-vaccinated associates will be required to wear a mask.
• Associates in our pharmacy and clinic locations will be required to continue
wearing a mask due to the CDC’s guidance for healthcare settings.
• We request that non-vaccinated customers continue to wear a mask.
• And we will continue to respect the choice of individuals who prefer to continue to
wear a mask.
We will continue to implement enhanced cleaning and physical distancing across all
facilities as well as offer associates a $100 one-time payment for receiving the
recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We also encourage customers to visit
www.kroger.com/covidvaccine to make an appointment. Many pharmacies are also
accepting walk-in appointments for added convenience.
Other companies that have taken similar steps can be found here: http://www.sciotopost.com/stores-not-requiring-masks-on-tuesday-may-18th/