Update: June 3, 2020
H-E-B has announced that wearing masks is no longer required to enter stores. H-E-B encourages customers to continue wearing masks however they are no longer mandatory to enter the store.
The original article from April 16, 2020 continues below:
The Texas-based grocery store is getting stricter with coronavirus measures all in the means of keeping Texans safe. To coincide with the new protocols of Travis and Bastrop Counties, for public safety, people must adhere to proper social distancing protocols and wear face covers in public. This means wearing a face-covering in all H-E-B locations in Travis and Bastrop county.
Shoppers are Required to Wear Face Masks in Austin H-E-B Locations
According to KXAN, shoppers will not be allowed in the stores without a proper face covering. In other H-E-B locations across the state, facemasks are strongly recommended for the safety of essential service providers on the frontline and other shoppers. All H-E-B employees (including Central Market, Joe V's Smart Shop and Mi Tienda locations) are encouraged to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin Otto, H-E-B chief operating officer shared in a statement.
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"As an essential service provider at this time, masks and gloves are just another safeguard we've implemented across our company to protect the health and safety of our Partners, customers and communities," said Martin Otto."We are here for all Texans and we take our role to protect public safety seriously."
Along with handing out proper face masks to their employees, H-E-B has been following sanitation measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Each store has a dedicated COVID Action Manager who is trained to make sure proper sanitizing procedures are in place and are being followed. H-E-B has installed plexiglass dividers on all the check stands as well as added new crowd control guidelines to promote proper social distance practices. Stores have even added floor decals to help direct customer traffic throughout the store.
It's a very stressful time to be working on the frontline, and we applaud all workers putting themselves out there and helping our country. So thank you.