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Best Buy, Caribou Coffee latest to update face mask requirement for customers

New CDC guidance says vaccinated people don't need to wear face masks indoors.

Two more major Minnesota companies have announced they're relaxing their face mask requirements after updated guidance from the CDC.

Best Buy and Caribou Coffee have confirmed that they will not require customers to wear face masks while inside their stores, following similar moves taken by the likes of Target, Cub Foods, and Walmart since the new advice was issued on Thursday.

The new CDC guidance stats that those vaccinated for COVID-19 don't need to wear face masks indoors anymore, while those who haven't been vaccinated are strongly advised to keep wearing them.

The change in policy from Best Buy and Caribou won't be in effect in Minneapolis and St. Paul for now, as both these cities are keeping their local face mask mandates, despite Gov. Tim Walz ending Minnesota's statewide mandate on Friday.

"Last week’s CDC announcement about face coverings, of course, caused us to look at how we might now refine our safety policies," Best Buy said in a statement. "Beginning immediately, fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear face coverings in our stores, except where otherwise mandated by state or local order. Instead, they will be available for any customer who wants one. Hand sanitizer will also continue to be available, and our facilities will be cleaned as regularly and thoroughly as ever.

"Fully vaccinated employees will also no longer be required to wear a face covering, except where mandated by local or state order. Any employee who chooses to can still wear a mask, and they will continue to be made available to everyone."

The company said that employees conducting work in customers' homes will still be required to wear a face mask, even if they've been vaccinated.

Caribou Coffee made a similar policy change on Monday, saying: "We are requesting, but not requiring guests to wear masks while inside Caribou Coffee locations. Face coverings are required where state, city, or other local requirements are in effect. At this time, Caribou Coffee team members will continue to wear face coverings.

"Face coverings may be removed while actively eating or drinking indoors. Those with underlying medical conditions or young children do not need to wear a face covering."

You can find a running list of Minnesota and national businesses who are changing their face mask policies in the wake of the new CDC guidance here.

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