Some facilities to maintain mask requirements despite the lifting of mandates by states
Facility owners and managers have the power to set and enforce rules for those who work and visit their buildings, regardless of state decisions. When the mask’s warrant is lifted in Texas on Wednesday, residents of the state must keep their masks close at hand to enter certain stores, as well as to attend school and use public transport, reports KVUE-TV.
Several orders from US President Joe Biden and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) require masks to always be worn in certain locations, such as federal buildings and public transportation. The Texas Education Authority (TEA) has updated its Public health guidelines to keep the mask mandates in place as determined by the local school boards. Many school districts say they have no plans to lift mask warrants in their buildings and on their campuses.
Although Texas’ latest executive order allows all businesses to open at 100% capacity, businesses can still limit capacity or require masks. Retailers who plan to retain mask warrants include Kroger, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s and Starbucks, USA today reports. Kroger has pledged to uphold his mask mandate until all of his frontline workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Many office workers will also have to remain masked as many owners and operators of commercial buildings, who have spent months of work and millions of dollars to help protect occupants of their facilities from infection, do not plan to relax their COVID-19 security protocols, The morning news from Dallas reports.
Office building owners and operators have installed improved air filtration systems as well as contactless entry systems and elevator controls. They plan to continue enforcing CDC guidelines on mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning as more and more employees begin to return to their offices.
Hospitals, colleges and airports, including El Paso International Airport, will also be continue to impose the use of face masks, according to Report to the border. El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego and El Pas Mayor Oscar Leeser said that while their legal power to override the order of Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifting the mask’s warrant be limited, they still encourage local businesses to follow pandemic protocols and will order them to limit their occupancy rates. if hospitalization rates exceed 15% for seven consecutive days.