Despite updated guidelines from the CDC and the Inslee government on Thursday on Thursday, many grocery stores across West Washington will continue to require masks.
Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway and Albertson’s will continue to require masks from all customers at this point, even if they are fully vaccinated.
Kroger, who owns the businesses of Fred Meyer and QFC, told KIRO Radio that the company is reviewing safety practices, CDC policies and seeking feedback from employees before taking the next steps.
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Safeway and Albertson’s also take a break to speak to state and federal agencies.
Costco announced on Friday that if you are fully vaccinated, no masks are required unless required by law. From May 18, there is no mask requirement in Walmart stores. And many other businesses like CVS, Walgreens, and Target are reviewing their policies, according to Business Insider.
Governor Inslee said Washington state will follow updated guidelines on masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for fully vaccinated people.
The CDC’s new guidelines make it easier for fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors, so they can safely stop wearing masks indoors in most locations.
Inslee says the state will shortly update its own rules to reflect the change, stressing that the rules only apply to people who are fully vaccinated.
The governor made it clear that masks will continue to be required in hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical practices, correctional facilities, homeless facilities, schools and on all public transport.
Individual businesses, including stores and restaurants, may still legally require customers and employees to wear masks if they choose, but there will no longer be a government requirement.
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The Ministry of Health announced Thursday that it is recommending that schools reopen fully in the fall. Seattle Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones, stated that it would be “ideal” not to have mask compulsory for students and that SPS will continue to “follow orders from public health officials.”
Nicole Jennings from KIRO Radio contributed to this report.