Walmart has announced changes to its Covid-19 policy which included dropping the mask mandate for its vaccinated employees in the United States.
The company released a statement on Friday in light of declining Omicron cases that fully vaccinated Walmart employees will no longer be required to wear masks unless state or local governments require it. Unvaccinated employees and those working in pharmacies will be required to continue to wear masks.
According to CNN business, Walmart is also dropping its Covid-19 sick leave policy, which gave employees extra paid time off from their normal sick leave. This policy will end in March unless otherwise required by state or local governments.
Additionally, the company is slowly ending daily health screenings in all states besides California, New York, and Virginia, where it is required.
The mask mandate had been reinstated by the company after the United States saw a rise in Covid cases last December with the arrival of the Omicron variant. They did this when Delta hit the US as well. Walmart happens to be one of the first large retailers to require masks at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
Walmart is not the only large company to relax its masking mandates for employees. Amazon also recently announced masks will not be required for vaccinated employees and restricted Covid pay leave for unvaccinated employees.
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