Mask Orders %26 Requirements Local governments are prohibited from requiring people to wear masks, with some exceptions. The state order that individuals must wear masks or face coverings in most public places is no longer in effect. Meanwhile, private companies remain free to demand masks, but a state law prohibits them from requiring proof of vaccination. However, cruise lines operating out of Galveston require documentation of vaccinations from passengers, saying they are exempt from that rule.
Private companies such as Kroger, H-E-B and CVS may require you to wear a mask if you want to enter their business. So far, they haven't made any changes, except if you're vaccinated, you don't have to. In any case, it makes no sense to say that private companies should be free to demand masks, on the theory that customers who don't like that rule can go elsewhere, while being prohibited from requesting proof of vaccination, which does not amount to a legal requirement either. The State of Virginia and the Department of Labor and Industry will not allow or tolerate unlawful discrimination based on whether or not to wear masks, and individuals should not be fired or fired for not wearing a mask, subject to federal requirements.
An employer can verify that voluntary use of personal protective equipment meets all regulatory requirements for health and safety in the workplace. Masks are no longer required for unvaccinated individuals in public settings and closed businesses, but all people, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly encouraged to wear masks in closed public settings. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that more than 2,500 medical workers will be deployed to Texas hospitals to help the growing number of COVID-19 patients requiring care. Private companies still have the right to demand masks from customers and employees, but most state and local government entities can no longer do so.
The requirement to wear a mask in indoor public places has been eliminated for most venues and businesses. A private company cannot prohibit its employees from wearing masks unless other legal requirements require the removal of masks or the use of masks pose a danger to employees or the public. Masks are recommended for individuals according to CDC guidelines, and are still needed in specific settings (transportation, healthcare, etc.) The University of Texas at San Antonio announced Wednesday that it will change most of its classes online for the first three weeks of the semester, the largest university in the to largely reverse the course of its plan to fully reopen in person as COVID-19 cases soar across Texas. The University of Texas at Austin also said that the recent mask order in Austin does not apply to the campus since it is state-owned, according to The Daily Texan.
The orders allow Harris County to enforce a health order released Thursday that requires the use of masks in schools and child care centers. In recent days, officials from Dallas County, San Antonio and Bexar County have issued mask mandates for residents, and major school districts across the state have announced their own mask requirements. But he stressed that vaccines “would always remain voluntary, never forced in the state of Texas.