In the wake of updated guidance on mask-wearing for vaccinated people from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kroger is updating its mask policy. The retailer joins a growing list of retailers who are changing their mask policies to reflect current guidance.
Beginning May 20, Kroger said fully vaccinated customers and most fully vaccinated associates will not need to wear a mask in its stores, distribution centers, plants and offices unless otherwise required by a state or local jurisdiction. The company will adhere to state or local mandates and their timelines. Non-vaccinated Kroger associates will have to wear a mask, as will pharmacy and clinic associates, in-line with guidance from the CDC on mask-wearing in healthcare settings. Kroger also is requesting that unvaccinated shoppers continue to wear a mask.
The company will continue to carry out enhanced cleaning and physical distancing at all of its facilities and will keep offering associates a $100 one-time payment for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. It also continues to offer vaccines to customers, with an online appointment schedule and walk-in appointments available.
“Every step of the way, our most urgent priority has been the health and safety of our associates and customers, and we have consistently leveraged expert guidance and associate and customer feedback to guide our decisions. That focus continues today as we look ahead to a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.”