Walmart just put the pressure on the biggest US companies to reimpose mask mandates for employees

Walmart has changed its rules around employee mask and vaccine requirements in order to better comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, employees in areas experiencing "high transmission" will be required to wear masks at work. Customers in those areas will also be "encouraged" to mask up, although they won't be required to don facial coverings.

Walmart has also become one of the first retailers to require some corporate employees get vaccinated. The company announced certain employees at the Bentonville, Arkansas must get a COVID-19 vaccine by October 4.

On July 27, the CDC updated their recommendations for fully-vaccinated individuals. Now, the organization recommends that vaccinated individuals "wear a mask in public indoor settings" if they live in an area with "substantial or high transmission" of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Walmart by Mike Mozart is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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