(CNN) – Starbucks, Publix and Walt Disney World are the latest companies to change their masking guidelines on Saturday following new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They join Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Costco who all announced changes to their policy in the past few days. The CDC’s sudden announcement Thursday that fully vaccinated people (with a few exceptions) will not have to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors created a patchwork of new guidelines for private businesses.
The following has changed in the last 24 hours:
From Saturday, fully vaccinated employees and customers will no longer have to wear face covers in grocery stores.
“Due to the recently updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Publix will no longer require fully vaccinated employees or customers to wear face covers as of May 15, unless a state directs it or local ordinance or ordinance prescribed. ”Read the statement.
The coffee chain will make face coverings optional for vaccinated customers starting Monday, the company said on its website.
“Facials will be optional for vaccinated customers starting Monday, May 17, unless local regulations mandate it by law,” it said.
However, the toilets will continue to be closed to customers in locations where cafe seating is not available.
Walt Disney World
The Florida theme park announced that masks and face coverings for guests at Disney World will be “optional in outdoor public areas” starting Saturday. The exception is that guests “must wear face covers from the entrances at any attraction, theater, or mode of transport and during those experiences,” the company said.
That said, you don’t have to wear a mask when walking down Main Street in the US, but you still have to do it when you ride Space Mountain.
Universal Orlando Resort, a Disney competitor in Orlando that hosts Harry Potter and Jurassic Park attractions, also announced that it is updating its security measures. As with Disney’s new requirements, it states that outdoor masks are not “mandatory” but are still “required in all indoor areas including shops and restaurants” and are required at all attractions.
CNN’s Natasha Chen and Frank Pallotta contributed to this report.