Target brings back mask requirement in high risk areas, no matter vaccination status

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Target has announced that face masks will be required for both their customers and employees in stores located in areas with a substantial or high risk of transmission for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status. The announcement came after the CDC updated masking guidance and will go into effect on Tuesday, the company said in a press release.

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Target will continue to recommend face coverings for unvaccinated employees and guests in areas where people are not at high risk.

In the press release, the company stressed its efforts throughout the pandemic.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members have been Target’s top priority throughout the pandemic,” the company said.

The decision for what areas are considered substantial or high risk of transmission will be based on the CDC’s definition.

The company has also said that it will follow all local mandates, as they have throughout the pandemic, and monitor guidance from the CDC closely.

“We will also maintain all of our health and safety protocols that include increased cleaning measures and social distancing,” the company said.

Despite the return of masks in some areas, Target continued to encourage its customers to get the Covid-19 vaccine and offered ways to do so at its stores.

“We encourage our team members and guests to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering vaccine appointments at nearly all CVS at Target locations and providing paid time, and free Lyft rides to team members when they get their vaccines,” the company said.