by The Chicago Times Staff
August 4, 2021
CHICAGO — Due to the delta variant, Home Depot stores are once again requiring all customers, contractors, and employees to wear coronavirus masks indoors. The new rules also apply to Home Depot’s distribution centers, offices, and work being done in customers’ homes or businesses.
“We will ask customers to wear masks while shopping in our stores and will continue to provide masks to those who do not have one,” the company said in a statement. Home Depot is also encouraging its employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations and is providing assistance with childcare, transportation, and appointment scheduling. Customers under the age of 12 and those with a “valid medical condition” are exempt, but they were required to speak with a store employee before entering.
Home Depot lifted the previous mask mandate for vaccinated customers on May 17 after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its coronavirus guidance – a move reversed by the Biden administration last week. Even vaccinated people should now wear masks indoors, according to current CDC recommendations, and some businesses, state and local governments have adopted that guidance as a new rule.