Going to McDonald’s in Texas or Mississippi? Don’t forget your face mask! While the two states recently announced a rollback of statewide mask mandates and capacity restrictions for businesses, fast-food chains and retailers are making it clear they won’t be jumping on board quite yet.
Companies like Target, Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens say they will continue to require mask-wearing at their stores by both customers and employees, and McDonald’s is the latest to make a similar announcement. (Related: McDonald’s Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)
The fast-food giant confirmed to Fox News it will continue to operate under the advice of health and science experts instead of state mandates at its Texas and Mississippi locations. This means that the chain will continue to ask its customers to wear face masks at its restaurants, and will keep its dining rooms closed until further notice. Employees will continue to be mandated to wear masks at all times.
According to Fox, McDonald’s will be employing its own assessment tools of COVID-19 trends in the areas where their restaurants are located to inform their dining room reopenings.
Similarly, San Antonio-based burger chain Whataburger stated it will defy the state’s loosening of restrictions and will continue to require guests to wear masks as well as keeping its dining rooms operating at a reduced capacity of 50%.
For more, check out which grocery chains in Texas are abandoning their mask mandates. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.