After over a year of social distancing and mask-wearing, we know Americans are eager to get back to work, back to school, and back to normal activities with their friends and families. Although retailers have adapted operations to meet the moment, the industry is also looking forward to a full reopening of our communities and our economy. To that end, here are some of the key factors we are watching.

We’re in a stronger place today as a nation with more tools to protect ourselves in our communities from COVID 19, like vaccination, boosters, broader access to testing, availability of high quality masks, accessibility to new treatments, and improved ventilation."

CDC Director Dr. Walensky
*as of 4/22/2022

571 Million

Total Doses Administered


Average Daily Doses

219 Million

People Fully Vaccinated


Daily Reported Cases  25,732 green-arrow-down-4.png  3%
Hospitalizations (7-Day Average)  1,564 green-arrow-down-5.png  15.8%
COVID-related Deaths (7-Day Average) 627 green-arrow-down-5.png14.4%
COVID-19 K-12 School Reopening

Fully vaccinated Americans can now travel safely within the United States, provided they continue to wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands. All international air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.

CDC Guidance
  • 12/6/2021


  • 61% adults feel comfortable going to a shopping mall right now
  • 64% of adults feel comfortable returning to an office
  • 64% of adults feel comfortable dining out at restaurants
  • 60% of adults feel comfortable going on vacation right now
  • 40% of adults feel comfortable flying on an airplane right now

While we are hopeful about a return to normalcy in the near future, we encourage all Americans to continue following the guidance of public health officials. Continue shopping safe by respecting the safety protocols in stores, social distancing, and wearing a mask.

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