Masking up at a store? What Trader Joe's, Walmart, Ralphs, CVS, Walgreens and other retailers say

Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times on

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He added that the “safety of employees, customers and vendors will continue to guide our decision-making process.”

Kroger is trying to incentivize vaccinations among retail employees by offering $100 to those who get them. The company also said it would ask for employee input before altering its mask rules.

“As we have throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the CDC’s latest guidance and soliciting feedback from associates to guide the next phase of our policy,” Kroger said in a statement provided by spokeswoman Sheila Regehr.

Home Depot and Walgreens are also keeping their masking requirements in place, the retailers said through respective spokespeople.

”We have decided to keep our current face covering policy in place for the time being,” Walgreens spokesman Campbell O’Connor said in an email. “The safety of our team members and customers is our top priority and will continue to guide our decision process.”

California has stricter mask rules consistent with the CDC’s previous guidance, and officials said they will remain in effect at least for now as they study the new recommendations.

The state and Los Angeles County will review the CDC’s recommendations in order to “make sensible adjustments to the orders that are currently in place,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.


The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s mask-wearing requirements at businesses — including restaurants and supermarkets — remain in effect.

Walmart acknowledged in its memo that some city and state ordinances will still require masks, “and we will follow those requirements.”

Costco also said its policy changes will only apply in locations where the state or local jurisdiction does not have a mask mandate.


(Times staff writers Hayley Smith and Rong-Gong Lin II contributed to this article.)

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