Brian, Texas (KBTX) – Some Brian business owners say they haven’t and never planned to get customers to show evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 so they can eat or shop.
This comes after Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 968 on Monday, which covers a ban on vaccine passports or companies requiring customers to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to receive services. This new law states that if a business requires it, it cannot apply for grants or government funds and may face the loss of permits and licenses.
Old Bryan Marketplace manager Whitney Wright says asking for proof of vaccination is not something they have ever considered.
“I wouldn’t dream of asking anyone about any kind of vaccination, COVID-19 or otherwise,” Wright said.
Wright says they continue to strive to make all their customers comfortable shopping.
“We want everyone who walks in our doors to feel comfortable and safe,” Wright said. “I feel like most of our clients, we managed to achieve that with them. If they want us to put on a mask, we have them on hand here and I will put them on or one of our employees will do it. But honestly, we’ve had this happen maybe once or twice. “
Debbie Rodriguez, owner of Casa Rodriguez in downtown Brian, says they didn’t think they needed proof of vaccination for customers either.
“We still need the support of the communities, and we’re not going to signal or force in any way. ‘Hey, you can’t come in if you don’t have a mask or you haven’t been vaccinated,'” Rodriguez said. “You have to come and eat. We need these sales. “
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