Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), H-E-B will require customers at all of its stores to wear facemasks, regardless of if those stores are in areas with existing mask orders in place.
According to a statement from the San Antonio-based grocery store chain, while over 80 percent of its stores currently operate under a mandatory mask order, it is now requiring masks in all stores companywide.
In the statement from H-E-B spokeswoman Chelsea Thompson, she says masks are “a proven way to slow the spread of COVID-19”. She adds that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state, and local health officials “strongly urge the use of masks or facial coverings in public spaces as a proven way to slow the spread of the coronavirus”.
The statement also says many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, and that wearing masks, social distancing, proper hand washing and sanitization are all things done to help keep citizens healthy.
Children and individuals with health-related issues are exempted from the mask requirement.