Governor Greg Abbott has announced that Texas will be ending its mask mandate. Abbott announced statewide occupancy requirements and the face covering mandate will end on March 10th. He's still encouraging Texans to follow all CDC COVID prevention guidelines. Abbott says county judges can enact their own COVID restrictions, if certain hospital levels are met, but no one can be jailed.
Following the decision, H-E-B issued the following response, "although there is no longer a statewide mask order, H-E-B believes it is important that masks be worn in public spaces until more Texans and our Partners have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. As an essential service provider during the pandemic, H-E-B is focused on the health and safety of our Partners and customers. H-E-B will still require all our Partners and vendors to wear masks while at work, and we urge all customers to please wear a mask when in our stores."