List: Major chains, Fort Collins retailers dropping, keeping masks for vaccinated shoppers
In the ever-evolving world of COVID-19 restrictions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could begin going maskless and forget social distancing in most settings.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis followed suit the following day, announcing fully-vaccinated Coloradans were free to go without masks in most settings unless said setting requires otherwise. Through June 1, masks will remain mandatory in some Colorado settings like prisons, jails, health care settings, schools and child care centers.
Rules set forth by private businesses and workplaces can supersede the CDC's recent guidance — as do federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws — and the announcement led to a flurry of mask updates for major chains and retailers.
Here's where many stores and businesses with Fort Collins locations stood as of Tuesday afternoon.
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Who is no longer requiring masks for fully-vaccinated customers?
Retailers and other businesses
Lowe's (starting Wednesday, May 19)
24 Hour Fitness
Raintree Athletic Club and Alive by Raintree Athletic Club: Masks are optional for fully-vaccinated customers, but employees must prove vaccination status in order to not wear a mask
Fort Collins city facilities (except for public transportation)
Who is still requiring masks?
Fort Collins' public transit arm Transfort will continue to require masks through Sept. 13 per the Transportation Security Administration's federal guidelines.
In a similar transportation vein, ride-share companies Lyft and Uber will be keeping their mask mandates for riders and drivers in place for now.
Colorado State University has announced it will continue to require masks inside its facilities through July 31, at which point the future of its mask requirements will be determined.
Stores still requiring masks for all customers and staff as of Tuesday included:
Mountain Avenue Market
Walgreens (the pharmacy chain was still deciding whether to update their policy as of Tuesday)
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