Last week, when several US states, notably Texas and Mississippi, announced that they were not only removing mandatory facade mandates across the state, but once again allowing full capacity at indoor gathering sites . While COVID-19-related deaths and cases are decreasing across the country, it is clear that such a move may be imminent.
COVID-19, which reportedly first arrived in the US during the winter season of 2020, transformed not only the country but the entire world into a global epidemic. Almost immediately, we were told by health officials that the safest way to reduce the spread of the virus as well as to protect ourselves was to do two things: wearing a face mask and practicing social distance.
Today, we come to know that despite the removal of most of its security restrictions in Texas, the pockets of some communities are still concerned about the safety of themselves and others. In particular, activists at a supermarket chain in Texas are rallying their employers to implement a facade policy inside their stores. Workers and community members will call their corporate leaders this entire week. Care to know more?
H-E-B did not make it work
A group of H-E-B grocery workers, as well as other community members with COVID-19 related concerns, have started a Facebook event page called “Call on Corporate” in an effort to streamline their cause. Their overall objective is for the company to implement a “mask recommendation” and make it a necessity, called the current global epidemic.
Earlier last week, the H-E-B grocery chain made a statement that they would require customers to wear face masks in their stores. However, this group of workers worries that the requirement will not be enforced, leaving some more vulnerable workers at risk of contracting novel coronaviruses.
An H-E-B grocery cashier made a statement in the group’s news release, sharing the following sentiment: “Being the cashier at H-Eday B since day one of the pandemic, I have seen the results of this virus for the first time. We ask the organizers, community and our company for support and solidarity as we strive to survive this epidemic. ”
What is H-E-B Grocery Company?
H-E-B is a privately held supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, which was founded back in 1905. The chain has more than 340 stores across the state of Texas, as well as parts of Mexico. As of 2017, the total revenue of this supermarket chain is $ 25 billion, and even ranked # 12th on Forbes’ list of “America’s Largest Private Companies” in 2019.
In fact, by revenue, H-E-B Grocery is in the top twenty of America’s largest retailers, donating 5% of its annual pre-tax profits. A fun fact that many people do not know is that this company also operates the popular Central Market, a more organic and fine foods retailer. It is also meant to sink your teeth into some true Texas BBQ, which is located in many places at H-E-B-Grocery.
It certainly seems that this supermarket chain has a large enough platform to promote public health, even with Texas’ insane pull on public health practices in the midst of a global epidemic. It will be interesting to see how this story goes in the coming weeks.
What are your thoughts on this ongoing story? Do you think the efforts of this Facebook group will eventually inspire H-E-B to apply masks inside their stores? Is there still a mask mandate where you live? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.