HEB will continue to ask its customers and partners to wear masks when entering its stores.
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Various Texas Companies will continue to require their customers and partners to wear masks and promote social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, even after the governor Greg Abbott lifted most state restrictions Tuesday about the coronavirus.
HEB, the San Antonio-based supermarket chain, announced that it will continue to require the use of masks in its stores even though the mandate was lifted by Abbott.
“Although there is no longer a statewide order to wear masks, HEB believes that it is important that masks are worn in public spaces until more Texans and our Partners have access to the COVID-19 vaccine“Said Dya Campos, director of public affairs for HEB, in a release.
“HEB will continue to require all of our Partners and vendors to wear masks while working, and we urge all customers to please wear a face mask when in our stores“.
The chain of cinemas Alamo Drafthouse announced that will continue with its 6 social distancing protocols and all security measures that the chain of cinemas implemented since last year.
“We are only following the guidance of the CDC and medical experts, not politicians,” the company wrote on its Twitter account.
— Alamo Drafthouse (@alamodrafthouse) March 3, 2021
Health experts have urged states not to reopen too quickly because the country still has a long way to go in vaccinating the population.
Some businesses, especially those with direct contact with the public, have supported the orders for the use of the mask. However, some companies feel that customers should have the choice of whether or not to wear a mask when shopping.
Restaurants and gyms in Texas have welcomed the lifting of Governor Abbott’s measure, arguing that the measure will help a sector that has been hit hard by restrictions implemented since last year.
“Restaurants need meal margins to really regain financial success,” said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants in an interview with the newspaper The Wall Street Journal.
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They support the use of masks and social distancing
Companies and businesses such as Macy’s, Target, Kroger, Starbucks, Hyatt Hotels, CVS, and Toyota reported that they will maintain the measures of use of masks and social distancing in all its branches to combat the deadly virus that has claimed more than 500,000 lives in United States.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.