Ever since the CDC announcement last week, the news is rolling in on mask rules. We’ve heard of major retailers such as Target, Walmart, etc dropping theirs. Now Two fast-food chains just dropped their mask rules. Chipotle and Starbucks have announced new mask guidelines following the updated mandates courtesy of the CDC. Starbucks announced that masks are now optional for customers who are fully vaccinated, though their employees will still be required to wear them. Chipotle has taken a similar route: “We will continue to require our employees to wear masks,” said Chipotle’s chief corporate affairs officer Laurie Schalow. “However, fully vaccinated guests do not need to wear a mask inside of Chipotle restaurants, except where required by local regulations.”
I personally hope this change means guests can now sit inside Starbucks and enjoy their coffee instead of taking it to go. This is one thing I’ve missed the past year. I will continue to use the mobile order feature, that I love. Hopefully, more restaurants will follow in relaxing their mask rules for those who have been vaccinated.