Fully vaccinated Walmart employees will no longer have to wear masks as the retail giant changed its policy Friday.
Daily health screenings are also being discontinued for employees except for those in California, New York and Virginia, the company announced, according to KNWA.
“The company’s COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy which provides paid leave for COVID-19-related absences in addition to its regular paid leave policies will also end on March 31 except as required by state or local mandates or ordinances,” KNWA reported.
Employees diagnosed with COVID-19 on or before that March 31 date can still apply for leave and may still qualify under the policy.
Unvaccinated employees must continue to wear masks, however. The retailer considers an employee to be “fully vaccinated” if they have had a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The updated policy guidelines affect more than 1.6 million people who work at Walmart or Sam’s Club facilities in the nation.
The changes come as many Democrat governors across the country began to lift mandates amid dropping numbers of coronavirus cases. Amazon also announced this week that vaccinated employees could stop wearing masks in states where the mandates were dropped.
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