AUSTIN, Texas — Starting June 22, H-E-B customers will be required to wear a mask or face covering in order to shop at many its Central Texas stores.
The company had announced on June 2 that customers were no longer required to wear masks, but have since reinstated that policy after numerous Texas counties implemented new orders encouraging businesses to require masks for service, much like the "no shirt, no shoes" policy.
Many local governments, including the City of Austin and others in Central Texas, drafted and implemented new orders as early as Thursday, June 18, instructing businesses to require a face mask policy.
H-E-B sent KVUE the following statement Friday, June 19:
"H-E-B fully supports our local government officials and their dedication to keeping the health and safety of residents a top priority. Effective Monday, June 22nd, in collaboration and compliance with local orders, H-E-B and Central Market stores in the City of Austin as well as Travis and Hays Counties will require all customers to wear masks or facial coverings. H-E-B continues to require the use of masks or facial coverings by all of our Partners and vendors. Beginning on Monday, through the first several days of the transition, we will have a limited supply of free masks available for customers that may arrive unaware of the new mask mandates. The CDC and State health officials strongly support the use of facial coverings in public as a proven way to slow the spread of COVID-19. #SlowTheSpread."
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