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HEB sticks to mask policy, asks for ‘kindness and understanding’

Monday, March 8, 2021 by Tai Moses

While the governor continues to ignore the science that finds face masks help to slow the spread of Covid-19, HEB says it will “continue to expect shoppers to wear masks while in our stores. Additionally, we will still require all our partners and vendors to wear masks while at work.” In a press release dated March 5, the San Antonio-based supermarket chain declares it “has always been a strong proponent and advocate of mask use even before mandates and orders were passed.” HEB has had “several safety protocols in place since the early days of the pandemic, and until all Texans including our partners have access to the Covid-19 vaccine, we will continue these efforts.” In a subtle slap at the governor, the chain says that the lifting of the state mask order 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.” The press release ends with a plea for common sense and unity: “As Texans helping Texans, let’s continue to protect each other while in our stores. Let’s keep wearing masks, to protect yourself, our fellow Texans, and our dedicated partners who are committed to helping our communities throughout this pandemic and every other crisis this state may face.”

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