The world is changing, and we could possibly see normalcy soon. Wouldn't that be nice?

On Friday, Walmart and Sam's Club announced that they will no longer require customers and employees to wear a mask if they are completely vaccinated when entering the store beginning May 18th.

If masks are required by state and local laws, you must still wear a mask. Make sure you check your county and city websites to see what mask rules, if any, are in effect.

The chain say's they won't be asking and or checking to make sure customers are fully vaccinated.

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Walmart is also offering $75 incentives for employees to get vaccinated.

The announcement came after the CDC updated their latest guidance to say that Americans who've been fully vaccinated can cease wearing a mask and physically distancing, but again, they're not saying you can break any local laws or mandates, and you'll still be subject to any mask requirements at your workplace or at businesses that still have them.

So, if you go to a store and they ask that you mask up, respect their request or, if you simply can't, do your business elsewhere. Don't give the employees a hard time for just doing their jobs. No one needs that.

By the way, you're only considered "fully vaccinated" if it's been 2 weeks since you received your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine like Pfizer or Moderna, or it's been 2 weeks since you receive a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Once you've been vaccinated, make sure you hold on to that vaccination card and keep it safe. You may need it in the future. You can also take a pic of it on your phone just in case. Be sure to get both sides.

Do you feel comfortable going to stores and events without a mask now? Have you been vaccinated? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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