Austin, Travis County businesses can drop mask mandate in some cases
Many Austin and Travis County businesses starting Tuesday no longer need to require masks for fully vaccinated people indoors if fewer than 500 individuals are inside at once, according to new pandemic rules set in place by Dr. Mark Escott, the exiting Austin-Travis County health authority.
The new rules come just days after the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines saying fully vaccinated residents no longer need to wear masks or remain socially distant in many public spaces.
Several large retailers and grocery chains like Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Sam’s Club quickly adopted the new recommendations over the weekend and stopped requiring masks for those who are protected from the disease through vaccination.
However, Austin and Travis…