Galveston mask order

A sign asking patrons to wear a mask is posted at the entrance to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 2225 Strand in Galveston, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Residents are having different experiences since statewide pandemic-related restrictions were lifted and businesses were given the freedom to enact their own rules about masking, social distancing, etc.

The Question of the Week is: Are the businesses you frequent still adhering to pandemic precautions even though the statewide mandates have been lifted?

• Yes, everything - masking, social distancing, reduced capacity

• Yes, but masking only

• They are requesting but not requiring

• No, not at all

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(21) comments

Bailey Jones

Yes, but it's kind of a trick question since I only frequent businesses that require masks and distancing.

Carlos Ponce

And when you enter "businesses that require masks and distancing" but don't really enforce those rules like the store you mentioned on another forum?

Curtiss Brown

I was in Kroger's on the Island Friday and about 10-15 percent were not wearing masks. They asked, but they didn't enforce. Annoying.

Bailey Jones

And right on schedule, US cases are up 12% (after declining for weeks).

George Laiacona

The truth is the state is financially suffering due to the lack of sales taxes etc. In order to look good in the eyes of the voters the Republicans running our state have to have funds. Opening up the state regardless of the pandemic will give them the funds necessary to run our state, at least until they raise our property taxes.

Gary Miller

I average two Businesses a day. So far none have "required a mask". A few people were wearing one.

Carlos Ponce

I went to a buffet in Texas City. A mask was required to enter. Plastic gloves were provided to use the tongs. After that - MASKS OFF!

Bailey Jones

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made an impassioned plea to Americans Monday not to let their guard down in the fight against COVID-19, warning of a potential fourth wave of the virus and saying she has a recurring feeling “of impending doom.”

"I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen"

Mark Wyant

Hilarious. Can you not recognize when you are being played? Case counts and more importantly hospitalizations are down 90% over their peak. Everyone that wants a vaccination can have one by June 1. The only "impending doom" these fools that run the CDC feel is the loss of their despot like control of the masses.

Bailey Jones

Well, Mark, this is an easy thing to test. If there's no post-spring break surge we can assume that the head of the CDC doesn't know what she's talking about. If there is a surge, we can assume that you don't.

That sounds fair doesn't it? We'll know in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

Wayne D Holt

Bailey, that would only be true if the CDC could be relied on to provide accurate numbers. With what we've seen over the past few weeks as the CDC has as much as admitted that PCR hyper cycles distorted the number of confirmed cases, that is far from a certainty.

Bundle that up with big financial incentives to healthcare providers to report someone dying WITH Covid as someone dying OF Covid and a picture emerges that obliterates any objective reliability in the numbers announced. The CDC's word ranks right along with Elvis is still alive as to credibility.

Oh, almost forgot. In the height of the 2021 flu season, the US, UK and others are reporting almost no flu cases this year, as in approaching zero cases. I've seen some on these boards attribute that damn near miraculous shrinkage to social distancing, mask wearing and the gutting of the economy through lockdowns. I'm still waiting for a logical exposition of why that would work on every flu strain except for Covid, the latter seemingly being able to evade those protections and surge once, twice, now three times over the past year.

Amazing virus ya got there, mister. I bet it's learned how to climb out over the top of a mask and jump ya. Well, they said it was adapting, didn't they?

Mark Wyant

Yes it does! But lets compare DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS. No one cares how many "cases" there are if people recover without getting very sick (as I did. And I am 61 and not afraid of the world). After all, how much did you care about the number of flu cases in 2019? Not much I would venture. So lets circle back here on April 15 and see the death and hospitalization rates. And bring some salt Bailey, crow tastes much better with it :)

Bailey Jones

Mark, I'll make this prediction - cases will be up. Hospitalizations will be up by a lesser amount, and deaths will be up by a still lesser amount. The reason is that we're doing a pretty good job of vaccinating the elderly and high risk individuals, so the new cases will skew towards younger and more healthy individuals - which we know suffer less severe illness and fewer deaths. And we've gotten much better at treating COVID patients.

As to why the number of cases matters, it's because every infected person is an opportunity for the virus to mutate. We are currently seeing mutations that are more virulent than what we've experienced in the past. And if a mutation arises that our vaccines aren't effective against, we're back at square one and it's March 2020 all over again.

The best course forward is to continue to slow the spread of the virus through the COVID protocols while we continue to vaccinate as many people as are willing to be vaccinated. This minimizes the risk of mutations, and hence maximizes the likelihood that we can get this pandemic behind us.

Wayne D Holt



My wife and I ate lunch in Webster. All waitstaff and workers were wearing masks, and all customers wore masks upon entering, exiting and moving around.. Ate crawfish in Kemah tonight. A very few of the waiters were wearing masks. We were among the estimated 15% of customers wearing masks when entering and leaving.

Nick Saum

I took a flight on United to México week before last. They required masks to board the plane (and even warned a man he would be removed if he did not put on his mask). However once the plane took off a fair number of people — almost exclusively Americans — took their masks off. Flight staff just kind of shrugged and didn't say anything to them. In México everyone wore masks everywhere — even walking around on the street. When entering businesses everyone was made to use hand sanitizer and if they didn’t have a mask they weren’t allowed to enter. If anyone wants to see, I actually took photos of the sanitizing stations at the entrances to businesses to show family and friends back here in Texas, because of how serious sanitation control is being taken there compared to the US. That said, I only saw three times where people actually complained about having to wear masks in an establishment, and each time it was an American...and each time they were refused entry, even though they made a scene. The family I was visiting asked what the big deal was, and honestly it was sad to try to explain to them that in the US some individuals feel that their right to not wear a mask outweighs the health of everyone else around them and the potential that they could unknowingly spread a disease to them.

Mark Wyant

Its never a big deal to "go along with the crowd" and give up your freedoms. Mexicans are used to be told what to do by their government - OR ELSE. "Those that would subjugate their freedoms for security and safety deserve neither" - Benjamin Franklin.

Mark Wyant

Serious Question: If the CDC tomorrow said they had found a pressure point in your foot that, when pushed released a hormone that killed Covid, and said pressure point could only be consistently pressed by wearing your shoes backwards all the time how many of you would wear your shoes on backwards?

Curtiss Brown

Not a serious question.

Bailey Jones

I don't really think it's possible to wear shoes backward. But if the question is, would you suffer some discomfort - even considerable discomfort - in exchange for stopping a disease that has killed over a half-million Americans, my answer is yes.

Nick Saum

I have to wonder how many of us would not be alive today if our forefathers — instead of vigorously combating diseases like polio, smallpox, TB and typhoid —had approached those illnesses like they do COVID. If someone was dumping their raw sewage into their backyard and neighbors started getting cholera or typhoid, would we be having this debate?

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