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COVID Houston: Small business owners say new CDC mask guidance may change the way they work

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Amid a resurgence of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now asking those in high-spread areas to mask up.

“First thoughts are … I’ve seen this movie before,” said small business owner Al Jara.

His neighborhood bar, the Marquis II located near Bissonnet and Kirby, is still on the rebound after being shut down for months in 2020.

The guidance from the CDC comes after Gov. Greg Abbott barred any public entity from mask requirements, putting small businesses on the hook for policy decisions again.

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“It’s difficult to put it on us to have to enforce it with our customers or anyone that comes in the door,” said Jara. “We’re in the hospitality industry, which means we’re supposed to hospitable.”

Out in Waller County, another small business owner said he’s over it.

“It’s been a really long year,” said Marcus…

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