The American retail chain Home Depot has announced that store associates will have to be masked following the issuing of a mask advisory by the Centers for Disease Control.
The mask advisory, even for vaccinated individuals, comes amid concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant currently circulating in the United States.
On Monday, August 2, Home Depot announced that all employees, including associates, contractors and vendors, will be required to wear masks in all store locations nationwide.
This policy is effective immediately, according to the release from the company:
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our number-one concern has been for the health and safety of our customers and associates. As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the U.S., beginning August 2, we’ll require all associates, contractors and vendors to wear a mask while indoors at all U.S. Home Depot stores, distribution centers, office locations and customers’ homes or businesses, regardless of vaccination status. We’ll ask customers to wear masks while in our stores and continue to offer masks to those who don’t have one.Home Depot Press Release (August 2nd, 2021)
Home Depot stated that it continues to strongly encourage all associates to get the COVID-19 vaccine and offers free resources to cover childcare, transportation and to find an appointment.
The company invited its associates to visit livethelorangelife.com/covid19vaccine for more information.