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List: Houston-area businesses' mask policies after Texas governor's announcement

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced he is lifting the statewide mask mandate and allowing all Texas businesses to reopen at full capacity.

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The restrictions will officially be lifted next Wednesday, March 10.

Some Houston-area businesses plan to keep their mask-wearing policy in place.

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ALDI

ALDI will continue requiring customers to wear face masks inside its stores, according to a company spokesperson.

The store implemented its most recent face mask policy on July 17, 2020.

ALDI released a statement, saying in part:

“For the health and well-being of the communities we serve and for the protection of our employees, we will maintain our current nationwide policy requiring all employees and customers to wear a face covering when shopping in our stores. We will continue to assess any new guidelines issued by the CDC, and will keep our customers informed of any future changes.”

H-E-B/CENTRAL MARKET

On Wednesday, H-E-B clarified its original statement that customers were "urged" to wear masks, saying they will be asked to wear them. "Though statewide policy has changed, our store policy has not. We will continue to ask shoppers to be masked while in our stores. Additionally, we will still require all our Partners and vendors to wear masks while at work." 

KROGER

"Although the statewide mask mandate has been lifted in Texas, to ensure the safety of our customers and associates, Kroger will continue to follow health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC by requiring all associates in our stores to wear a mask. We encourage all customers visiting our stores to continue to wear a mask to protect themselves, those around them, and our associates.

"We remind those who can’t wear masks that we offer low touch or no touch pickup and delivery services."

SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET

Sprouts Farmers Market will require customers to wear a face mask “in light of CDC recommendations," according to a store spokesperson. Face shields are also allowed.

Sprouts have face coverings available at the front of the stores for customers.

If a customer is medically unable to wear a face mask or face shield, he or she may contact your store to arrange a personal shopper, according to the Sprouts' COVID-19 policy on its website. A Sprouts team member will shop for your items and coordinate payment.

Additionally, customers unable to wear a face mask or face shield can get free curbside pickup.

TARGET

"We require guests to wear masks or face coverings in all of our stores, except for guests with underlying medical conditions and young children. We also require all store team members to wear masks at work and have provided them with reusable and disposable masks. Those who have been vaccinated for coronavirus are still required to wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines, in line with current CDC guidance."

RANDALLS

Randalls sent us the following bullet points following Tuesday's announcement from Gov. Abbott. 

  • For associates and vendors, we will continue to follow the CDC guidance and will require face coverings.
  • For customers, we will encourage face coverings, but will not mandate, and will be updating our signage accordingly.
  • We will continue our health and safety measures such as enhanced cleaning and social distancing guidance.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and will work quickly to inform customers, associates, and vendors when/if there are changes to the health and safety policies currently in place

WALMART/SAM'S CLUB

Walmart did not release any updated guidance following Abbott's announcement.

According to the company's policy posted on their website on July 20, 2020, Walmart customers are required to wear a face mask.

The policy reads in part:

"We have seen that generally, customers have adopted new behaviors and take serious their personal responsibility to wear masks, practice social distancing and use our expanded hours to better spread traffic throughout the day, enabling us to provide them new options, like opening a second entrance and removing barriers at the front of our stores."

WHOLE FOODS

Whole Foods did not release any updated guidance following the announcement on Tuesday.

Masks are still required in Whole Foods, according to the most recent mask policy on July 20, 2020 from the store's website.

Employees are also offering customers gloves and personal face shields at the front of the stores, according to the website.

COSTCO

Costco did not provide any updated guidance following the announcement Tuesday.

Costco stores require employees and customers to wear face masks, according to the company's most recent update on Nov. 10, 2020.

Costco says it wants its stores to keep their policies simple and avoid any type of confusion for customers.

HOUSTON MUSEUM NATURAL SCIENCE

"HMNS will continue requiring the use of face masks for all staff members as well as all visitors upon entry at our Hermann Park and Sugar Land campuses." They will also continue current capacity requirements.

HOUSTON ZOO

"In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our staff, guests, and animals, we will continue to require all persons 10 years and older to wear masks while on Zoo grounds. We will also continue timed ticketing entry & limiting capacity."

LIFE TIME FITNESS

"First, with this change, as of Wednesday, March 10 masks are no longer required in the club. Certainly, this is a personal decision and members can continue wearing a mask should they choose. Our Life Time Team Members will continue wearing masks at all times. Additionally, with the removal of social distancing requirements, on March 10 all amenities will again be available including access to all cardio and strength machines."

IAH AND HOBBY AIRPORTS

"George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby airports remain under a federal mask mandate. Passengers, two years and older, must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth."

METRO

Anyone on METRO vehicles or visting METRO properties including rail stations, transit centers and bus stops will continue to be required to wear a mask. A federal mask mandate issued for all public transit also requires masks be worn properly, fully covering the nose and mouth. Plastic face shields are not considered masks. METRO has had dozens of employees diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last year.

SMALL BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS

Email web@khou.com to let us know what your business is doing.

We will continue adding to this list as we hear from businesses. For businesses not on this list, your best bet is to contact the business directly.

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