WATERTOWN — Walmart and Costco may have taken the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and is now allowing vaccinated customers to shop in their stores without wearing masks, but likely nothing will change locally.

The president and chief executive officer of Walmart, John Furner, issued a memo to employees Friday writing that vaccinated customers won’t have to wear masks in Walmart or Costco, effective immediately. That goes for vaccinated employees, too, starting Tuesday.

But Walmart is following guidance from the CDC. Walmart stores in Jefferson County follow guidance from the state Department of Health, which has yet to issue its own guidance following the lift on mask restrictions from the CDC.

Mr. Furner’s memo states local and state ordinances that continue to require masks will be respected. That means masks will likely still be required in Walmart and Costco locally for the time being, said Scott A. Gray, chairman for the county Board of Legislators.

“There will be no change for the Walmarts locally,” he said.

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Not going to matter. People will not wear them so end of story.


Of course, thanks to anti-science conspiracy theorists Cuomo…


Scott Grey and the Dept of Health is correct.. no way to determine who has or hasn't had shots... their position and guidance has got us where we are...don't blow it now...personally will be wearing masks for the foreseeable future, and won't patronize businesses who don't follow guidelines..


Of course scott grey says no change!


I have enjoyed not having colds this year and will continue to wear a mask as long as I want to.

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