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List: Businesses in Austin that are still requiring masks

The governor announced he is lifting his mask mandate for Texas, but many businesses in Austin are still requiring masks.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's mask announcement isn't changing the protocols at many Austin businesses.

Gov. Abbott announced on March 2 that he is opening Texas "100%" in addition to lifting the mask mandate in Texas. Local leaders are speaking out against the announcement, fearing another surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Many Austin-area restaurants and stores have posted on social media saying they will continue requiring masks and implementing safety measures even after they are lifted on March 10. KVUE Cultural Reporter Brittany Flowers tweeted a thread of businesses that have announced they won't be changing their protocols.

Abbott's announcement does not order businesses to lift their own mask requirements and capacity limits.

Here's a round-up of businesses in Austin that are keeping mask requirements inside their businesses.

Grocery stores

Requires masks for most people:

H-E-B originally stated that it planned to continue requiring face coverings for its employees and vendors and it would "urge all customers to please wear a mask when in our stores." However, H-E-B later said it would continue to expect shoppers to wear masks in its stores and it will provide masks to customers who don't have them.

"The ending of mask ordinances puts real pressure on retailers to enforce an emotional topic for many. We ask for kindness and understanding from our customers in our expectation of them to wear masks in our stores. Also, we understand some customers cannot wear a mask due to medical exceptions. We request all customers adhere to the COVID-19 protocols we have in place while shopping," H-E-B said in part.

Note: KVUE has reached out to Walmart, Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe's. This story will be updated once responses are received.

Other businesses

Which businesses are we missing? Email kvuedigital@kvue.com to let us know which businesses in Austin are still requiring masks.

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