Most stores have lifted mask mandate for fully vaccinated ::

— Although Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that North Carolina no longer requires masks and social distancing, some stores are playing it safe and still requiring masks.

All current capacity restrictions in indoor spaces have also been lifted.

As of Friday, more than 47{2f36692215c92488191f15c49f485bc8da437d4cca01014075d40c79880301cc} of adults in the state are fully vaccinated; however, that leaves a large percentage that are still unprotected. While the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those ages 12 and up, most children have not yet been vaccinated.

Cooper said businesses and local governments can maintain their own mask mandates if they choose.

WRAL News has compiled a list of grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and restaurants that still require masks.

Grocery Stores

  • Costco: Masks not required for fully vaccinated shoppers. Masks required in pharmacy areas.
  • Food Lion: Strongly encourages customers and staff to wear masks.
  • Harris Teeter: Face coverings no longer required for fully vaccinated shoppers or employees.
  • Lidl: Masks not required for vaccinated customers.
  • Lowes Foods: Masks required for employees, recommended for shoppers.
  • Publix: Masks only required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Trader Joe’s: Masks not required for vaccinated customers.
  • Weaver Street Market in downtown Raleigh is requiring masks.
  • Wegmans: Masks not required.
  • Whole Foods: Whole Foods team members and Prime shoppers are required to wear face masks. Customers who are fully vaccinated can shop without a mask.

Department stores

  • Costco: Masks not required for fully vaccinated shoppers. Masks required in pharmacy areas.
  • Dillards: No masks required, but asked to mind social distance.
  • Home Depot: Customers and associates who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or facial coverings in Home Depot stores.
  • JCPenney: Masks required for salon, optical and portrait services.
  • Lowes: Fully vaccinated shoppers don’t need to wear masks.
  • Macy’s: Still requiring masks for employees and customers.
  • Petco: Facial coverings are optional for fully vaccinated customers.
  • Target: No longer requiring masks for fully vaccinated customers. Unvaccinated shoppers encouraged to wear masks.
  • Ulta: Still requiring masks
  • Walmart: No mask required; encourages unvaccinated shoppers to wear masks.


  • Starbucks: Masks optional for vaccinated customers


Sports Venues:

  • DBAP: Still requiring masks.
  • PNC Arena: Still requiring masks.

Other places where masks are mandatory

The state will still require mask use by all people in public schools, healthcare settings, in childcare, on public transit and in prisons.

Did we miss something? If you know of a store or restaurant that still requires a mask, please let us know here!

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