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APPLETON — Large retailers in the Fox River Valley are dropping mask requirements for vaccinated shoppers following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Those who have not been vaccinated, however, remain at risk to catch COVID-19 from other non-vaccinated shoppers who decide to not wear masks.

Target stores, along with other major retailers, have updated their policies as well.

“Given the CDC’s updated guidance, Target no longer requires fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in our stores, except where it’s required by local ordinances,” Target posted in its website.

“Face coverings continue to be strongly recommended for guests and team members who are not fully vaccinated and we continue our increased safety and cleaning measures, including social distancing, throughout our stores,” the update read. 

Woodman’s grocery stores also have updated its mask policy to, “highly recommend those shopping in our stores wear a properly fitting face covering. Fully vaccinated individuals may choose to shop in our stores without a face covering, however it is encouraged that one be worn.”

Last Friday, the Outagamie County Public Health Division ended its mask requirement following the release of new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Businesses, schools, workplaces and health care settings can still have their own mask requirements.

The order had been in place since April 1, 2021 following a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that struck down the statewide mandate.

The ordinance was in effect countywide except in Appleton and Oneida tribal territory, which have their own health departments. For more information on the CDC guidance, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/…/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

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By staff