On March 10, Texas ends its mandatory mask mandate, but businesses still have the option to enforce their own individual policies. Some Texas stores are choosing to continue enforcing the wearing of facial coverings, while others are planning on simply issuing a recommendation to do so.
Grocery stores that will keep masks mandatory include: Costco (this is to simplify its policy and avoid confusion); Target; Walmart (However, employees are not required to enforce the store’s mask mandate).
Grocery stores that will make masks optional for customers include: H-E-B (The state’s largest grocery store will require its employees and vendors to wear masks); Randall’s.
There are several orders from both President Biden and the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention that require masks still be worn in certain places.
On January 20, President Biden issued an executive order requiring that masks be worn by anyone present at any federal building or lands.
On January 29, the CDC issued an order requiring masks to be worn by travelers and operators on public transportation including airplanes, subways, buses and ride-shares.
Public schools are required to operate under the guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). On Tuesday, the TEA said it will be updating public health guidance sometime this week.
Masks were never required during religious services under Texas’ statewide mask mandate.
The executive order announced Tuesday rescinds most of the governor’s earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. As of Wednesday, March 10, all businesses may open to 100% capacity and the statewide mask mandate will no longer be enforced.
However, businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols – including requiring masks – at their own discretion. Businesses also reserve the right to refuse any patrons who do not follow stated protocols.