CHICAGO — Stewart’s Shops announced this week that, on the heels of the CDC’s most recent update to mask and social-distancing guidance, it would follow guidelines outlined by the governors of the states—New York and Vermont—in which it operates stores.
Effectively, that means “allowing fully vaccinated individuals to come into our shops without a mask; unvaccinated individuals will still be required to wear a mask,” the Ballston Spa, N.Y.-based chain said May 19. “All employees will also follow the updated mask guidelines effective Monday, May 24, and must provide proof of being fully vaccinated to Stewart’s Shops management to be exempt from wearing a mask.”
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A week earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, whether indoors or outdoors in most circumstances.
The guidance raised many questions about when or if a mask should ever be worn as part of an effort to prevent the spread the coronavirus that has sidelined many activities during the past year. The CDC also leaves it to individual states, cities and businesses to determine their own level of regulation and requirements.
CSP will report the results of its retailer survey in coming days.