• 4月 20, 2021

H-E-B怕了,再对口罩令发长声明

据圣安东尼奥第12台消息,总部位于圣安东尼奥的H-E-B在周三对德州取消口罩令再次发表了一个长声明。

周一,H-E-B发表简短声明表示:“ H-E-B仍将要求我们所有的合作伙伴和供应商在工作时戴口罩,我们敦促所有顾客在我们的商店购物时戴口罩。”

这一声明遭到了许多民众的批评,有许多人将这个声明诠释为,对于德克萨斯州的H-E-B购物者来说,戴口罩是自愿而非强制要求。

据《今日美国》和CNN报道,与H-E-B的表态相反,一些其他大的零售商如Kroger, Best Buy,Starbucks和梅西百货等称,仍然会要求店里所有人包括客户戴口罩。

显然,为了应对越来越多的批评声,周三,H-E-B发表了更长的声明,强烈“请求”顾客使用口罩,并指出商店仍会张贴标牌并提醒顾客戴口罩,但是,仍然,并没有要求一定戴口罩才能进入商店。

周三的声明称:“ H-E-B一直遵循州和地方的法规,我们将继续请求(urge)购物者在我们的商店内戴口罩。此外,我们仍将要求所有合作伙伴和供应商在工作时佩戴口罩。”

声明还表示:“ H-E-B在疫情早期,(政府)还没有发布任何政策和命令的时候,就要大家戴口罩。我们的商店将继续原先的口罩政策,商店入口处将张贴告示牌,并在商店中发布公告,提醒顾客在我们商店购物时要戴口罩…”

声明中写道:“取消口罩令给零售商施加了真正的压力,迫使我们只能对顾客动之以情。当我们要顾客戴口罩的时候,我们希望能得到客户的善意和谅解。” 

虽然笔者还是认为H-E-B应该实行强制要求戴口罩的措施,但是也不得不承认,对于H-E-B而言,口罩问题一直是一个棘手的问题。

去年5月,H-E-B实施了口罩要求,但几周后又撤回了强制戴口罩的要求,称执行太“复杂”,并指称缺乏政府支持。

H-E-B发言人Dya Campos在2020年6月时说:“像我们几周前一样,如果没有地方政府的任何指导或规定,没有办法执行。对于每一次冲突,我们都必须打电话给(警察),提出非法侵入的指控。拒绝顾客进店非常困难。我们请求所有顾客都戴口罩,并在传达信息给我们的顾客鼓励他们戴口罩。”

现在,在没有法律政策支持的情况下,H-E-B又回到了去年6月时面临的困境。

虽然休斯顿警察局局长Art Acevedo称,私有企业可以要求顾客戴口罩,如果顾客不听,可以报警提出非法侵入的指控。

但是,如同H-E-B所言,这也许只是一句空话,因为这个从来就不会是警察执法的优先。

我们还是建议到华人较多,也比较注意防疫和戴口罩的华人超市去买菜。

附H-E-B长声明原文:

While statewide policy has changed, our store policy has not. H-E-B has always followed state and local ordinances and we will continue to request shoppers wear masks while in our stores. Additionally, we will still require all our Partners and vendors to wear masks while at work.

H-E-B was an early adopter of mask use before any mandates and orders had been passed. Mask use at our stores will remain. Signs will remain posted at entrances and announcements made in store reminding customers to wear masks while shopping in our stores.

The CDC, State of Texas, and local health officials strongly advise the use of masks or facial coverings in public spaces as a proven way to slow the spread of Covid-19. Moreover, social distancing, wearing masks, proper hand washing, and sanitization are all things we do to help keep Texans healthy. These are all protocols we’ve had in place since the early days of the pandemic, and until more Texans and our Partners have access to the Covid-19 vaccine, we will continue these efforts.

Throughout the pandemic, we are thankful that we’ve seen strong compliance with mask wearing at our stores. But we need the help of all Texans to ensure compliance continues.

The ending of mask ordinances puts real pressure on retailers to enforce an emotional topic for many. We will continue to require masks for our Partners and vendors and ask for kindness and understanding from our customers in our request of them to wear masks in our stores. Also, we understand some customers cannot wear a mask due to medical exceptions. We request all customers adhere to the Covid-19 protocols we have in place while shopping.

As Texans helping Texans, let’s continue to protect each other while in our stores. Let’s keep our distance. Let’s wash our hands. And let’s continue to use a mask, if not to protect yourself, to help us protect our fellow Texans, as well as our dedicated Partners who have committed themselves to helping our communities throughout this pandemic and every other crisis this state has faced.

At H-E-B, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our Partners, customers and the communities we serve.

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