By Sam Silverstein
Source: Grocery Dive
The decision by Walmart to compel many of its employees to wear masks on the job, which reverses its declaration in mid-May that workers could shed face coverings as long as they were fully vaccinated, is a highly visible indication that the pandemic is again clamping down on daily life in the United States.
While Walmart’s updated policy does not apply to associates who work in counties where the virus is spreading relatively slowly, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those portions of the country represent only a minority of the U.S. population. That means that Walmart employees across large swaths of the country — including all of Florida, Louisiana and Arkansas and much of Texas and California — again will have no choice but to cover their faces at work.