On Friday, retail giant Walmart told its 1.6 million employees that it will no longer require them to wear masks at work.
Fully vaccinated employees will no longer be required to mask up, the company said in the memo, according to Axios.
“Effective immediately, fully vaccinated associates will not be required to wear masks while working in any Walmart or Sam’s Club facility, unless required by a state or local mandate or ordinance,” according to the memo.
Walmart defined “fully vaccinated” as someone who has taken the full two-dose vax or the single vax. Boosters were not mentioned.
The decision affects employees at Walmart and Sam’s Club warehouses.
However, the company also noted that it will abide by local rules and ordinances, so in some locales, employees will still have to mask if local rules require it.
Walmart is also dropping health screening for employees at the end of February.
But it is also dropping paid leave for COVID-related reasons as of March 31.
“There are more than 4,700 Walmart and 600 Sam’s Club retail stores in the U.S.,” Axios added.
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