Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Friday it will not require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear masks in their U.S. stores unless otherwise mandated by state or local laws.
The company says vaccinated buyers can immediately ditch the masks. Vaccinated workers may stop wearing them on Tuesday. Walmart said it is offering workers $ 75 as an incentive if they prove they have been vaccinated.
Customers will not be asked, but rather adhere to an “honor system” regarding their vaccination status, Walmart said.
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However, employees will have to answer “yes” to a question about vaccinations during a daily health assessment to opt out of the mask, according to a memo to employees posted on its corporate website.
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“Integrity is one of our core values, and we are confident that employees will respect this principle in responding,” the note says. To receive the bonus, employees will need to present the original vaccination certificate.