Just a reminder: Here's who can and can't make you wear masks

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Just a reminder: Here's who can and can't make you wear masks
Following COVID protocols, including wearing masks, has been part of everyday life in the pandemic so far. In the wake of vaccines, some may forget about who can and can't make you wear face-coverings. That's where ABC13's Nick Natario comes in to explain.

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- As we continue to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said he will not impose another statewide mask mandate.

While Abbott said it would be inappropriate to require people who are immune to COVID-19 to wear a mask, other health officials have said masks are not a bad idea even if you are vaccinated.

But who exactly can or can't mandate you to wear a mask?

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The governor can institute a statewide mask mandate. But currently, Abbott has an order that bans a county judge or city mayor from implementing in place. The county judge and mayor can even get fined if they do implement a mask mandate.

Private businesses such as Kroger, H-E-B and CVS, can require you to wear a mask if you want to enter their business. As of right now, they have not made any changes other than if you are vaccinated you don't have to.

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