Larger retailers mostly maintaining mask requirements

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Signs tells customers about safety measures against COVID-19 that are required inside a retail store Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Dallas. Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Tuesday makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face covering order. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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INDIANAPOLIS — As of Tuesday, Indiana lifted its COVID-19 restrictions and changed its mask mandate to a mask advisory. However, that does not mean people can put away their masks.

As Governor Eric Holcomb mentioned during the initial announcement, local governments, private businesses and other entities may institute more stringent guidelines.

Several counties are maintaining their mask mandates, others we have heard from are lifting theirs.

We are also hearing from major retailers about their plans. For the most part, they will be maintaining their mask requirements. Here is how they stand as of the time of this report:

Kroger

The current mask policy will remain in place for the time being, but it is reviewed on a weekly basis. 

Walmart

“We serve millions of Americans every week and believe our policy of requiring associates and customers to wear masks in our stores has helped protect them during the pandemic, and we’re not lifting those measures at this time.

We are constantly evaluating our COVID-related health and safety protocols, including state executive orders and other mandate changes. We will continue to do so, keeping CDC guidance and local COVID statistics in mind.”

Walmart spokesperson

Meijer

To help ensure the continued health and safety of its team members and customers, Meijer will continue to require face coverings be worn by anyone entering a Meijer store or Meijer Express station at all of our locations throughout the Midwest. While customers who have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings are exempt, we ask for your continued support as we work through these unprecedented times

Home Depot

We’re still requiring masks in all of our stores. We’ll also continue to follow CDC guidelines around cleaning and social distancing.

Target

We require guests to wear masks or face coverings in all of our stores, except for guests with underlying medical conditions and young children. We also require all store team members to wear masks at work and have provided them with reusable and disposable masks. Those who have been vaccinated for coronavirus are still required to wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines, in line with current CDC guidance.

To help our guests, we:

– Provide disposable masks at our store entrances to guests who do not have one.

– Remind guests to wear masks with signs, team members at store entrances and overhead audio reminders. 

– Guide guests to shop our various no-contact fulfillment options, including Drive Up, Target.com and Shipt, if they don’t want to wear masks. 

Walgreens

Our policy is not changing. We require team members in our stores to wear face covers, and continue to take actions meeting or exceeding recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and public health officials among other authorities.  

Also consistent with CDC guidelines, customers are required to wear face covers before entering the store except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or where the individual is under 2 years of age. We have signage on doors and make announcements over the store’s public address system to remind customers that face covers are required. Walgreens management may gently remind customers who are shopping without masks about the requirement, but out of concern for our employees’ safety, we do not stop these customers from shopping.

Fraser Engerman
Senior Director, External Relations

This article will be updated as we recieve responses from retailers.

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