H-E-B will no longer require that customers wear masks, but they encourage shoppers to do so.
Workers and vendors inside the store will still be required, however. The news comes after Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will end the Texas mask mandate starting March 10.
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Here’s H-E-B’s full statement from spokesperson Lisa Helfman:
“Although there is no longer a statewide mask order, H-E-B believes it is important that masks be worn in public spaces until more Texans and our Partners have access to the Covid-19 vaccine. As an essential service provider during the pandemic, H-E-B is focused on the health and safety of our Partners and customers. H-E-B will still require all our Partners and vendors to wear masks while at work, and we urge all customers to please wear a mask when in our stores.”
Abbott’s decision to end the mandate drew harsh criticism from doctors, according to Houston Chronicle reporters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends wearing a mask with multiple layers to help slow the spread.
In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo also blasted Abbott for the decision.
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Source : chron.com