Many Giant Companies in Texas Will Keep Mask Mandate, Despite the State Opening Up
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Despite Gov. Greg Abbott lifting the mask mandate in Texas on March 2, multiple large retail chains have announced that you must continue wearing masks to enter their businesses.
Some of the retail chains that have said they will continue requiring employees to wear masks in Texas stores include: Target, Macy’s, Kroger, Toyota and General Motors. Kroger, Macy’s and Target will require customers to also wear masks.
Japanese carmaker, Toyota, whose headquarters is stationed in Texas, said it was looking into Abbott’s order, but was not going to immediately make any changes.
General Motors employs over 13,000 Texans and announced they will continue requiring staff to wear masks. “We’ll keep our COVID-19 safety protocols in place to ensure we continue to protect our employees,” GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey said.
Target will require both staff and customers to continue wearing masks while inside the stores. They will be providing both disposable and reusable masks for all of their employees.
“Those who have been vaccinated for coronavirus are still required to wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines, in line with current CDC guidance,” the spokesperson told Business Insider.
Texas was the 13th and largest state in the U.S. to lift the mask mandate. As of March 1, 35 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have mask mandates in place.