Home Depot is the latest major retailer to drop its hardline mask policy, following others such as Target, Walmart, and Starbucks.
Home Depot is among the latest to drop its policy requiring all customers to wear a face-covering in the stores. Per a spokesperson, fully vaccinated customers will no longer be required to wear a mask, but unvaccinated individuals “must still wear masks in Home Depot stores and in states where mask mandates remain in place, a company spokesperson for the home improvement chain told CBS MoneyWatch.”
However, like other retailers, it does not appear Home Depot will ask customers for proof of vaccination.
Home Depot’s policy falls in line with changes recently embraced by other major retailers, such as Walmart, Target, and Starbucks.
“We will continue to request that non-vaccinated customers and members wear face coverings in our stores and clubs. We will update the signage in our facilities to reflect this,” a Walmart memo read.
Similarly, Target will no longer require all customers to wear face coverings but will continue to “strongly” recommend unvaccinated individuals do so.
“Given the CDC’s updated guidance last week, Target will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in our stores, except where it’s required by local ordinances,” the company said in a statement this week.
Seattle-based coffee chain Starbucks also updated its guidance last week, making facial coverings will “optional” for vaccinated customers “unless local regulations require them by law.”