The ending of wearing a mask in the state of Texas
As of today March 10th, 2021, the state of Texas will be ending the mask mandate. Texans are no longer required to wear a mask in public, and businesses can operate at 100% capacity. How will this work and affect you as a License to Carry holder? It will not be required to wear masks in public areas like parks, streets or other public areas; however, businesses, city, county or state buildings can make it mandatory to wear a mask while on their premises.
How can a business owner or political subdivision notify you that a mask is required? Verbally or in writing. A verbal warning can be given upon arriving to the entrance of the premises and/or a written warning will be displayed upon entrance. There are no required specifications for written notices such as size, wording, etc. on any signs mandating you to wear a mask. Therefore, any written notice will suffice.
Penalties for not wearing a mask
If a business requires a mask and you refuse to wear one, the business or governmental entity can ask you to leave. Failure to leave after receiving sufficient notice is a Class B misdemeanor. If you are a License to Carry holder and are charged with a Class B misdemeanor, your LTC will be suspended, and if found guilty your LTC will be revoked. If you are a LTC holder and are carrying a handgun but refuse to leave after being given sufficient notice, then you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.
We advise you to respect any establishment’s requirements regardless of whether you agree or not. Ultimately, it’s their right to determine what’s best for their business and staff. As far as safety is concerned, do what you think is best for you and your loved ones.