Big Business Chains Ignore Governor’s Directives for Opening

By JoLynn Live
March 4, 2021

As restaurants and other businesses begin to open after the COVID lockdown, several business chains are ignoring their state’s new eliminated mandates for opening and are remaining masked and/or are not fully opened.  

Many Americans prefer to wear masks and social distance, while others are ready for no more masks, no social distancing and no more lockdowns.  

If you live in a state where the governor has fully opened yet certain business chains choose to ignore it, do you plan to continue patronizing them or do you plan to boycott? 

Opinion: JoLynn Live, C-VINE Contributor

McDonald’s to Keep Dining Rooms Closed in Texas, Mississippi

FILE PHOTO: A sign is seen at a McDonald’s restaurant in Queens, New York, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

March 4, 2021 Updated: March 4, 2021

McDonalds Corp will keep dining rooms in its Texas and Mississippi  restaurants closed, even as the two U.S. states lifted coronavirus curbs allowing businesses to reopen at full capacity.

The fast-food chain told Reuters on Thursday it was not planning to make any changes to its COVID-19 protocols right away.

The decline in the new number of daily COVID-19 cases and the rollout of vaccines prompted state and local governments to ease business restrictions in recent weeks, reopening movie theaters at limited capacity and resuming indoor dining in some parts of the country.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted their state’s mask order and removed all restrictions on businesses earlier this week.

Several quick-service restaurants have resorted to drive-thru, delivery, and pick-up services to limit contact and reduce the chances of its customers contracting the virus, even after lockdowns were lifted.

McDonald’s will look at state- and country-level data, assess case rates to make any decision on reopening dining rooms in the future, it confirmed.

General Motors, Toyota Motor, Target Corp., Macy’s Inc., and Kroger have also not made any changes to their mask policies.

By Nivedita Balu and Hilary Russ

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