Update to REI COVID-19 Health and Safety Standards

May 19, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, REI has prioritized the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities, and relied on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to shape our policies and practices.

On May 13, 2021, the CDC updated its guidance, allowing fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks and social distancing in most circumstances. As of today, we are modifying our policy in our stores, distribution centers and office buildings in line with that guidance.

If permitted by local authorities, fully vaccinated customers and employees— having received their final shot at least two weeks prior—are no longer required to wear face coverings in REI facilities. We are asking you to help us create a safe environment for all.

All those over the age of 2 (or as specified by local authorities) who have not yet been vaccinated must continue to wear CDC-approved face coverings while in REI locations, and we fully support those who choose to wear masks even if they are fully vaccinated. To learn more, please view our updated health and safety standards.


About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.