Walmart is requiring employees of stores in areas with “substantial or high transmission” of COVID-19 to wear face masks.
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The retail giant made the announcement on Friday, and said the rule would apply to all employees at the designated stores regardless of vaccination status, reports CNN Business.
The company will distribute local updates to store managers every Monday regarding new rules and developments related to COVID.
The retailer is also offering employees $150 to receive the vaccine, doubling the original incentive amount of $75.
On Friday, Walmart announced that all corporate staff and management-level employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 coronavirus by October 4, CNBC reports.
Currently, Walmart doesn't require customers to wear masks, although it will encourage the use of masks through signs informing shoppers of CDC recommendations.
The decision comes days after the CDC altered its guidance, advising the public to wear masks indoors, even if they are vaccinated.
Walmart mandated masks in all its stores for both customers and employees in July 2020. This past May, keeping abreast of then-CDC guidance saying that vaccinated individuals no longer had to wear masks in most situations, the company rolled back its face covering requirement.