Target, Starbucks to Loosen Mask Restrictions

Target (NYSE:TGT) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) said Monday that they will join a growing list of retailers and restaurants that will ease mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers unless facial coverings are required by local or state law.

Companies began changing their policies for wearing masks inside stores and cafes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that fully vaccinated people don’t have to cover their faces indoors anymore.

Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s and Publix were among the first to allow mask-free shopping.

But, Home Depot, Gap and Ulta Beauty are among the retailers that said they would continue to monitor developments, but maintain their pandemic precautions.

In a statement, Target said employees will not have to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, too. It said it will continue other safety measures, such as extra cleaning and social distancing in its stores.

In a statement, Target said employees will not have to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, too. It said it will continue other safety measures, such as extra cleaning and social distancing in its stores.

In its new guidance on Thursday, the CDC said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask or stay six feet apart from others in most cases, whether indoors or outdoors. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive the second dose of the Pfizer-
BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

TGT shares gained 85 cents to $212.01, while those for Starbucks caved in 93 cents to $110.27.