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Kroger relaxes store mask policy for vaccinated customers and workers

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By Tonya Garcia

Kroger Co. /zigman2/quotes/206215053/composite KR +1.38% said Wednesday that fully vaccinated customers and most fully vaccinated workers will not be required to wear a mask in stores, at distribution centers, and in other facilities starting May 20. Pharmacy and clinic associates will still be required to wear a mask. Non-vaccinated associates will still have to wear a mask, and the grocer is encouraging non-vaccinated customers to do so as well. Enhanced cleaning and social distancing messaging will continue, and the company will continue to offer a $100 incentive to get the vaccine. Kroger joins a list of retailers, including Walmart Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite WMT +0.11% and Target Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207799045/composite TGT +1.26% that have relaxed their mask rules in light of the CDC's latest guidelines. Kroger stock is up 14.8% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.01% is up 9.4% for the period.

/zigman2/quotes/206215053/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 48.66
+0.66 +1.38%
Volume: 8.05M
May 20, 2022 4:00p
P/E Ratio
22.28
Dividend Yield
1.73%
Market Cap
$35.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
$328,305
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/zigman2/quotes/207374728/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 119.20
+0.13 +0.11%
Volume: 16.45M
May 20, 2022 4:00p
P/E Ratio
25.63
Dividend Yield
1.88%
Market Cap
$328.13 billion
Rev. per Employee
$250,440
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/zigman2/quotes/207799045/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 155.36
+1.93 +1.26%
Volume: 12.30M
May 20, 2022 4:03p
P/E Ratio
12.88
Dividend Yield
2.32%
Market Cap
$72.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$237,729
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,901.36
+0.57 +0.01%
Volume: 3.00B
May 20, 2022 5:03p
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