Texas Service Workers Demand Vaccines Before Mask Mandate Lifted

Patrons enjoy lunch indoors Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Gibsons Italia restaurant in Chicago. Several states are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are moving cautiously. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Service industry workers in Texas say they deserve access to coronavirus vaccines before the state’s mask mandate is lifted this week.  Organized groups of restaurant, hotel, delivery, grocery and other workers gathered at the capitol in Austin Monday with their demands.  Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the end of the mask requirement starting Wednesday while allowing businesses to reopen at full capacity.  In a statement, the workers’ groups said the new policy puts their lives in danger while exposing them to potential abuse from customers who won’t follow individual store rules on masks.

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