Trader Joe’s and Walmart nix mask-wearing mandate. Here are the stores that won’t budge.

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The coronavirus pandemic is finally screeching to a halt, and there seems to be no clearer sign of this than the abrupt elimination or loosening of mask restrictions throughout the country.

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement earlier this week that vaccinated Americans need no longer wear masks indoors or outdoors, a slew of big-box retailers followed suit with their own policy adjustments.

Leading the pack was Traders Joe’s, which, ironically enough, is a chain preferred by leftists, according to a study published in 2013. It’s ironic since leftists are the Americans most in love with their masks.

“[W]e encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” the chain said in a statement.

Some of the store’s mostly leftist customers didn’t seem pleased:

However, the chain reportedly still intends to keep a mask mandate in place for its employees.

Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco soon came through with their own mask mandate eliminations, along with their own stipulations, the most common being that customers must still wear masks if they live in a state with a statewide mask mandate.

Similarly, Costco’s customers will reportedly still be required to wear a mask in “healthcare settings” like its pharmacies.

Another popular supermarket chain, Publix, which is particularly popular in Florida, reportedly announced the elimination of its own mask mandate starting Saturday.

But don’t be fooled. Despite this wave of chains eliminating their mask mandates, plenty of stores are choosing to keep their mandates in place for now, including Walgreens, Target, Gap and Home Depot, as noted by NBC News.

Over in the world of entertainment, meanwhile, Disney eliminated its own mask mandate for “outdoor common areas” at Disney World in Florida.

According to Orlando station WKMG, visitors to Disney World theme parks will still be required “to wear a mask upon entering and throughout all attractions, in all theaters, theatre entrances, in transportation, transportation entrances and all indoor locations.”

All this is good news, no? It demonstrates that the pandemic emergency is ending as vaccinations skyrocket, and America is on track to return to full normalcy.

Yet for reasons that remain unclear — and that would likely require fierce examination from a well-credentialed psychologist to determine — leftists like the Trader Joe’s customer seen in the tweet above are mortified.

Ever since the CDC eliminated its mask mandate for the vaccinated, leftists have been screeching and hollering in rage on Twitter. While the rage was originally directed at just the CDC, it’s now seen being directed everywhere — at big-box retailers like Walmart, at governors like North Carolina’s Roy Cooper (who eliminated his state’s own mask mandate Friday) and at President Joe Biden himself.

Very often, the rage has manifested itself in leftists screeching that they won’t remove their mask “ever” and lecturing others about how their feelings and concerns about the pandemic are more important than the actual science.


They do have one valid point, though: There’s no way to tell who’s actually been vaccinated, because nobody — not the government, and certainly not retailers — will be asking for proof of vaccination, or at least not yet.

That being said, some argue it makes no difference either way, because once someone has been vaccinated — and it’s presumed virtually every leftist has been vaccinated — they themselves are safe, and so why is it their business?


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