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06/02/2021

Walmart and Target Update COVID-19 Policies

With the number of fully vaccinated Americans growing higher each day, Walmart and Target are updating their store policies.
Jamie Grill-Goodman
Senior Editor
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With the number of fully vaccinated Americans growing higher each day, Walmart and Target are updating their store policies.

Walmart has announced starting June 5 store hours will expand to 6 a.m.-11 p.m. unless otherwise mandated by state or local government. Beginning July 3, Walmart will resume pre-COVID hours for most of its pharmacies and vision centers.

Target reopened all of it's fitting rooms in stores on June 1. Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo told RIS News that one exception is a "small number of fitting rooms being used for vaccinations."

"We’ll continue to frequently disinfect and clean our stores throughout the day, as we have throughout the pandemic, and have team members dedicated to high touch areas like fitting rooms," he noted. 

Walmart has also re-opened its fitting rooms where allowed. It has also removed the 20% capacity restriction across all stores, instead asking store leadership to monitor customer traffic during spikes in business. Walmart is also adding back seating to its Auto Care Center waiting areas, with social distancing in mind, as well as re-opened our fitting rooms where allowed.

Additionally, both Target and Walmart have announced fully vaccinated associates also no longer need to wear a mask at work and fully vaccinated customers and members may shop without a mask, subject to local laws and restrictions.

Target is offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments at nearly all CVS at Target locations and is providing paid time to U.S. team members when they get their vaccines, as well as free Lyft rides, up to $15 each way, for employees to get to and from their appointments.

Walmart said as a reward for becoming fully vaccinated, it’s offering a one-time $75 bonus to U.S. field associates that choose to do so.