McDonald’s revises mask requirements in areas with high COVID cases
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The U.S.’s largest fast food chain is updating its COVID-19 mask policy as cases rise across the country.
McDonald’s will require all customers and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks inside its locations in communitiesT where coronavirus is classified under “high or substantial transmission” levels.
The move comes as the highly contagious Delta variation continues to spike cases in the U.S. after vaccination rates faltered over the summer.
Government officials are still recommending that all eligible Americans get vaccinated.
McDonald’s never stopped requiring unvaccinated guests and staff to wear masks, though that requirement would be harder to monitor and enforce.
As a private business, McDonald’s has the legal right to set requirements such as mask wearing while on its property and many legal experts say the company could potentially require employees to be vaccinated, something other companies, but not McDonald’s, have done as Aug. 3, 2021.
There have been a slew of inaccurate claims made that mask mandates from private businesses are illegal or infringe on someone’s legal rights.
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