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COVID-19 Recession in Texas

A Mexican restaurant in Houston is keeping its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the statewide mask mandate has not come easily for many businesses that are navigating enforcement of mask rules while facing backlash. “It was just horrific,” said Monica Richards, co-owner of Picos.

A sign outside of a store in Downtown Austin asking customers to wear a mask inside the business on March 3, 2021.

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