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Walmart de Mexico reverses decision, says vaccinated older adults in green states can pack bags

Mexico City, Mexico — After ending their deal that allowed older adults to pack groceries in their stores, Walmart de Mexico has said that after talks, older adults will be allowed to return.

The bag packing positions at Walmart stores held by more than 35,000 older adults across the country will be resumed after the chain ended their contract in December of 2020.

Walmart de Mexico reported that after meetings with the National Institute for Older Adults (INAPAM), the packers will be allowed to return. The announcement by Walmart came after INAPAM began reinstating its older adults in other stores across the country.

“We have resumed conversations with the National Institute for Older Adults (INAPAM), as well as with the Secretariat of Economic Development of Mexico City, so that in those states where the epidemiological light is green, older adults who already have their complete vaccination scheme against Covid-19 will be able to resume their work as volunteer packers,” the store said in a statement.

The bag packers are part of a government project run by the Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores (INAPAM) that allows older adults to work in stores for tips. Last week, AMLO announced that he intended to speak with Walmart de Mexico about their decision to end the contract.

Due to the pandemic, more than 77,000 older adults, who are part of the INAPAM project, were removed from their positions.