Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is lifting the face mask mandate that has been in place across the state for eight months. The ruling takes effect Wednesday, March 10 and allows businesses can operate at 100% capacity and remove the need for face masks.
Local officials will have some ability to impose new rules if coronavirus cases spike, Abbott said, but those powers will be limited.
Stores in Texas are deciding what to do about the masks.
The Texas based compnay says customers will no longer be required to wear a mask while inside its stores, but they are urging them to do so.
“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.”
Since last July Walmart has required all customers wear masks and enforced the rules. There is no update if the requirement will change next week.
Target, one of the nation’s biggest retailers, said it would continue requiring customers to wear masks in Texas.