Trader Joe’s on Friday became one of the first large companies to say customers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask in its stores.
The grocery store chain announced the news in an update to the COVID-19 protocols listed on its website. The development came a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on mask-wearing and social distancing for fully vaccinated people.
“We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” the website now reads.
Several states including Massachusetts still have mask mandates in place, which require face coverings in indoor public places and outdoors where people cannot keep their distance from others. Several national chains, including Target and Wegmans, have said they will continue to require masks in their stores despite the new CDC guidance.
According to its website, Trader Joe’s has 19 stores in Massachusetts, including in Cambridge, Boston, Shrewsbury, and Hyannis. Governor Charlie Baker said on Friday that he will issue an update the state’s reopening plans early next week.
A spokesperson for Trader Joe’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment.