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On March 10, the mask mandate in Texas ended and businesses along with citizens were allowed to ditch the mask if they wanted. Still, some businesses and cities have required people to wear masks if visiting their business or property.

In Lubbock, masks have been required at all city-run facilities. This included Lubbock City Council meetings and other events at places like the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

According to a press release, beginning Saturday May 1, the City of Lubbock will remove mask requirements for staff and visitors.

Effective May 1, 2021, the City of Lubbock will remove mask requirements for staff and visitors at City facilities. Lessees of City facilities, such as the Civic Center and others, may establish their own requirements for attendees, and events that include at-risk populations will be evaluated on an individual basis. City vaccination clinics will still require masks.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience throughout this pandemic. As we move forward, the City strongly encourages everyone to continue taking the common preventive steps that have helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Of course, if you attend a City Council meeting or event at the Lubbock Civic Center and want to wear a mask, you can. As mentioned in the press release, event organizers who rent a facility, like the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center can still ask those who attend to wear a mask for the event.

This does not apply to businesses in Lubbock. Businesses can still set their own rules for masks and social distancing inside.

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