An argument between former child star Ricky Schroder and a Costco employee over mask wearing appears to have been fueled by confusion over new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The argument, captured in a video filmed by Schroder that has since gone viral, shows the actor approaching a Costco employee just outside the store and asking, “Why don’t you let me in? ? “
The employee tells Schroder that in Los Angeles County and the state of California, a mask warrant is still in place – although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on Thursday saying people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no longer need to wear masks or physically distance themselves in most circumstances.
When the employee reaffirms that stores in California and Costco still need masks, Schroder asks if the employee has seen the news. The employee continues to claim that the store will follow the mask’s mandate.
“I receive my refund. I receive my refund from Costco. I suggest everyone in California get their reimbursement from Costco. Give up your Costco membership until they remove it, ”says Schroder.
The employee reminds Schroder that the store is law-abiding, and a manager walks out of the store and gives him a receipt for his refund before the clip ends.
The video marks some confusion between CDC guidelines and regulations and mandates put in place by stores and states for wearing masks.
California’s mask warrant is still in place for stores and workplaces, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he plans to lift the warrant in June.
But CDC guidelines say that mask wear for those vaccinated is not necessary for those in indoor and outdoor spaces. More than 35 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Stores like Walmart have dropped mask requirements, but Gap and Home Depot are maintaining mask requirements for now.