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Texas Easing Mask Mandate Puts Retailers in a Tough Spot

  • Best Buy, Macy’s, Kroger say they aren’t changing policies
  • Ending mask requirement early is ‘a mistake,’ trade group says
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As U.S. states begin to lift safety mandates amid a health crisis that has yet to subside, some of the country’s biggest retailers have decided to stick with face mask requirements -- at least for now.

Target Corp., Macy’s Inc., Kroger Co. are among the stores that will continue to require face coverings as chains navigate sometimes contradictory local, state and federal directives simultaneously. Several chains have said they plan to keep their guidelines in accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.