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CDC’s U-Turn Puts Business in ‘Damned If You Do’ Bind

  • Home Depot and others aren’t immediately relaxing mask rules
  • Retail workers have faced risks enforcing company mandates
Bloomberg business news
WATCH: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance says fully vaccinated people can now ditch their masks as a turning point in the U.S. fight against covid.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Companies are rushing to assess their mask policies after a sudden announcement by U.S. officials put newly relaxed federal guidelines in conflict with the rules at many businesses.

Home Depot Inc. and TJX Cos. said they don’t immediately plan to change their policies advising face coverings be worn inside their stores, while Macy’s Inc., Levi Strauss & Co. and Gap Inc. said they’re reviewing the new guidance. The National Restaurant Association is also looking at the recommendations and is evaluating its Covid-19 operating guidance and best practices for restaurants, while some banks are indicating they’ll continue to require face coverings -- at least for now.