Two discount supermarket chains based in Germany announced Tuesday that they will no longer require customers or fully vaccinated employees to comply with COVID-19 mask restrictions.
Aldi, based in the U.S. in Batavia, Illinois, said the new guidance applies to customers starting immediately and employees on May 26, WREX reported.
>> Read more trend news
However, unvaccinated Aldi customers will have to continue to distance themselves socially and wear facials while shopping at the chain’s stores, the TV station reported.
Click here to see Aldi’s latest COVID-19 security measures.
>> Related: Targeted fall mask policy for vaccinated employees and customers
Meanwhile, Johannes Fieber, president and CEO of Lidl’s operations in the United States, told customers in an email that the company will lift, in accordance with the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masking requirements for fully vaccinated clients “in all places where it is legally permitted”.
>> Coronavirus: CDC Provides Mask Guide for Fully Vaccinated Americans
“Like you, we look forward to the next summer season and back to normal as more Americans are vaccinated and the outlook for COVID-19 clears,” Fieber wrote.
In turn, fully vaccinated Lidl customers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia can now buy free without a mask, but those in Delaware, New Jersey and New York must continue to meet the requirements of state mask that “remain in place” for all clients, vaccinated and unvaccinated, at this time, ”Fieber wrote.
>> Walmart, Costco, Trader, Joe lift mask restrictions for vaccinated customers
According to the CDC, about 37% of the population, or 123 million people, have been completely vaccinated in the United States.
More coronavirus pandemic coverage:
>> Coronavirus: How long does it take between exposure to the virus and the onset of symptoms?
>> What are your chances of getting in touch with someone who has COVID-19? This tool will tell you
>> How not to let coronavirus pandemic fatigue set in, counteract it if you do