Factbox-U.S. companies relax mask mandates as COVID-19 infections slow

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Workers during operations at Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville New Jersey

– Several major U.S. companies are dropping their mask requirements for customers and employees who are fully vaccinated as the pace of COVID-19 infections declines in the country.

A few months ago, U.S. companies were forced to reimpose mask mandates due to a steep rise in COVID-19 infections across the country from a rampaging Omicron variant.

U.S. President Joe Biden, however, told NBC News in an interview earlier this month that Omicron and other COVID-19 variants had had a “profound impact on the psyche of the American people” and conceded that changing mask guidelines were “confusing.”

Here is a list of companies that have relaxed their mask mandates:

Company Latest mask mandate

Amazon.com Inc Amazon is dropping

mask mandate for all U.S.

warehouse staff starting March 1,

according to a note sent to

employees by the company.

Walmart Inc Fully vaccinated workers will no

longer be required to wear masks

in the company’s facilities,

except workers in clinical care

settings like health clinics and

pharmacies regardless of

vaccination status.

Goldman Sachs Will no longer require masks to be

worn by staff at its U.S. offices.

The bank will leave it to

individuals to decide if they want

to mask up.

JPMorgan Chase & Co Masks have been made completely

voluntary for fully vaccinated

employees working out of their

U.S. offices.

Morgan Stanley Staff at the bank’s offices will

not be required to wear masks

given only vaccinated employees

are allowed into its buildings.

New York Stock Exchange Makes masks optional on the

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personnel and visitors.

Tyson Foods Inc Lifts mask mandate for fully

vaccinated employees at some U.S.

facilities but those at

meatpacking plants must continue

wearing masks for now.

Disney World operated by Makes masks optional for fully

Walt Disney Co vaccinated visitors from Thursday

but expects those who are not

fully vaccinated to wear face

coverings in all indoor locations,

including theaters.

Norwegian Cruise Line Makes face coverings optional for

Holdings Ltd its guests.

Carnival Corp Carnival Cruise Line plans to make

masks optional for its guests from

March 1.

Target Corp Will not require U.S. employees or

its customers to wear masks, as

local regulations allow, according

to the company’s website. (https://bit.ly/3vbofBM)

Gap Inc No longer requires

fully vaccinated employees to wear

masks inside its U.S. stores as

local jurisdictions allow the


(Compiled by Ananya Mariam Rajesh and Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Nivedita Balu and Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Shinjini Ganguli)