A couple grocery stores in the area are lifting their requirement that all customers wear masks while shopping.

Wegmans and Tops Friendly Markets have announced their stores in New York will not require people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear face coverings in stores.

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Some other retailers, like Walmart, Sam’s Club, CVS, Target and Home Depot have also dropped the requirement.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the county has lifted mask requirements except in areas like nursing homes, hospitals, the jail and public transit, where it is still mandated by the state.

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Shoppers and diners are, again, being reminded that businesses have the right to set their own mask policy and many may opt to still require people to wear face coverings.  Some of that is the result of not knowing who has and who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and because children under the age of 12 still are not eligible to get a shot.

People are advised to just keep their mask with them at all times in case they are required to mask-up in order to enter or be served.

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