Walmart, the most popular American retailer company updated their Covid-19 policy for US associates Friday (11/Feb/2022), dropping their mask mandatory rule and Covid-19 sick leave policy.
Walmart associates no longer need to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated if they are not included in exceptions.
This information has been revealed in a CNN news report.
As per the CNN report, they have issued their own plans to lift indoor mask mandates as Omicron cases decline. Walmart is the largest private retailer announced these policy changes from New York to California across the several US States that they are operating.
Exceptions of Policy
Under this new policy, fully vaccinated Walmart associates will no longer be required to wear masks unless as long as there is no mandatory issue by the state or local governments. There are some exceptions for unvaccinated employees and those who work in clinical care settings, such as pharmacies. Those associates will be required to wear masks.
In addition, Walmart also is dropping the sick pay policy it had put in place for Covid-19, which gave associates extra “paid time off” beyond sick leave. The emergency leave policy will end in March unless required by the state or local government.
The company also is phasing out daily health screenings, except for workers in California, New York and Virginia, where they are a state requirement. The Wall Street Journal first reported the company’s policy change.
Walmart, which employs 1.6 million people in the US, was one of the first large retailers to start mandating masks in 2020.
Last week, Amazon also announced it was relaxing its mask rules for fully vaccinated employees. It will no longer require masks inside warehouses and restrict Covid-19 paid leave for unvaccinated employees.