Don’t expect masking rules to change overnight


Shoppers and diners will likely see few — if any — immediate changes to businesses’ policies about social distancing and mask-wearing when they head to the grocery store or out to eat, despite new public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“On balance, what will probably happen is nothing,” said Joel Bines, global co-leader of the retail practice at consulting firm AlixPartners. “Most retailers are going to opt to continue to do what they’ve been doing.”

The CDC issued updated guidance Thursday, saying that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart in most settings. It marked an inflection point in the Covid pandemic,


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