Retail giant Target has dropped mask requirements for staff and customers, according to NBC News, which reported that the company confirmed to the outlet that the policy took effect Monday.
"As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across the country, Target will not require our U.S. team members or guests to wear masks, as local regulations allow," the company's website states. "We’ll follow all state and local COVID-19 safety regulations and encourage our team members and guests to consult the latest public health guidance, get vaccinated and make decisions to keep themselves and their families safe."
According to NBC News, Target said it will "continue to provide our team with resources and benefits they need, including free medical-grade masks, COVID-19 tests, paid leave for team members with positive COVID-19 cases, and paid time and free Lyft rides to reduce barriers for team members to get their vaccines."
Shoppers who wish to wear a mask may be able to obtain one for free.
"Most CVS Pharmacy locations, including select locations in Target stores, are distributing free N95 masks as part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' free mask program while supplies last. Customers can request masks at the pharmacy counter and signs will be posted to indicate N95 mask availability," Target's website noted.
The major retail chain's move to dispense with mask requirements comes amid a shift taking place around the country to relax COVID-19 restrictions.
"Hmm. My local Target hasn’t asked customers to wear masks for almost a year now," one person tweeted.
"Haven’t wore a mask in a Target in a year !!!! NBC is way behind the times," someone else tweeted.