KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stores and attractions are evaluating mask policies after the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks inside.
Some have already dropped mask requirements.
Here’s where we stand with companies across the Kansas City metro.
Ameristar Casino and Hotel no longer requires masks for guests who are fully vaccinated.
Blue Springs Facilities
The Jackson County Health Order expired May 14, 2021. That means Blue Springs no longer requires masks at indoor facilities, businesses and public spaces.
That includes city buildings, the Fieldhouse and Vesper Hall.
CVS won’t make any changes regarding its mask policy in stores until it completes a corporate evaluation.
Until then, face coverings and social distancing is required inside stores and clinics for customers, vendors and employees.
Hy-Vee said it no longer requires shoppers to wear masks. It does, however, strongly encourages mask wearing inside stores.
Independence Center strongly suggests, but no longer requires, masks inside the mall.
However, mall management reminds customers that individual retailers are allowed to set their own mask mandates and may require customers to mask up while in their stores.
Kansas City Public Library
The Kansas City Public Library system will continue to require masks inside all locations.
With the lifting of the Clay County Public Health emergency order, Liberty will no longer require masks inside city facilities.
The health department still recommends that unvaccinated individuals should continue wearing masks and social distancing when possible.
In addition, in-person City Council, Boards and Commission meetings will begin returning to city facilities in June. Some meetings may have modifications.
Menards said it needs additional information from the CDC before it implements any changes to store policies.
“On the surface, the announcement by the CDC is great news. However, the CDC has forgotten to tell us how to tell the difference between a vaccinated person and an unvaccinated person. We are making inquiries and are anxiously awaiting their further instruction,” Jeff Abbott, Spokesperson for Menards said.
Target has joined other major retailers in dropping its mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals.
A Target spokesperson said in a statement shared with Nexstar Media that face coverings are no longer required in stores for people who are fully vaccinated, except when required by “local ordinances.”
“The health and safety of our guests and team members have been Target’s top priority throughout the pandemic, and we’ve closely and consistently followed the CDC’s recommendations over time,” the spokesperson said. “Given the CDC’s updated guidance last week, Target will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and team members to wear face coverings in our stores, except where it’s required by local ordinances.”
Specialty supermarket Trader Joe’s was one of the first to drop its mandatory mask policy Friday.
Other policies will remain in place for now. Those include wellness checks for employees and spacing people out inside stores.
Union Station no longer requires masks in most public spaces, but people who haven’t been fully vaccinated are still encouraged to wear face coverings.
Be aware that individual attractions and tenants may set their own policies.
Masks are required in Science City, the Extreme Screen Theater, and Planetarium, through Tuesday, May 18. After that, masks are optional.
Union Station said the delay for these attractions is out of consideration to customers who pre-purchased tickets.
Beginning May, 19, 2021, Walgreens said it will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear face coverings inside stores, unless mandates by state or local regulations.
People who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue wearing face coverings.
Employees will continue to be required to wear masks while working.
As of May 18, fully vaccinated employees are no longer required to wear masks while working at Walmart locations. This includes people working at Walmart distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations.
Masks are required at locations in cities or states that have mask mandates in place.
Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun
Visitors won’t be required to wear a mask outdoors unless you are within six feet of other people. Masks are required while inside.
There are other precautions in place for the parks this summer, too.
Kansas City Zoo
As of noon on Friday, May 14, 2021, the Kansas City Zoo no longer requires visitors or employees to wear masks anywhere on its property.
The zoo does recommend anyone who is not vaccinated to wear a mask and keep “a llama’s length” distance of six feet apart from other guests and staff.
Visitors who are not members will still need to buy a timed ticket on the zoo’s website. Friends of the Zoo members do not need reservations.
The zoo plans to continue to gradually increase the number of guests allowed each day.