Bryan businesses react to new law that says they can’t ask customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccination

The law does not allow businesses to require proof of vaccination in order for customers to obtain services.
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:58 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Some Bryan business owners say they have not and never planned on making customers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order for them to eat or shop.

That comes after Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 968 Monday, which covers a ban on vaccine passports or businesses requiring customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to obtain services. This new law states that if a business does require this, it could not apply for grants or state funds, and could face losing permits and licenses.

Old Bryan Marketplace manager Whitney Wright says asking for proof of vaccination is not something they’ve ever considered.

“I would never dream to ask anyone about any vaccination of any kind, COVID-19 or otherwise,” said Wright.

Wright says they continue striving to make all their customers comfortable when shopping.

“We want anyone that comes through our doors to feel comfortable and safe,” said Wright. “I do feel like most of our customers, we have been able to accomplish that with them. If they ask for us to put on a mask, we have them handy here and I will put one on or any of our employees will. But we honestly have had that happen maybe once or twice.”

Debbie Rodriguez, owner of Casa Rodriguez in Downtown Bryan, says they too have not thought about requiring vaccination proof for customers.

“We still need the communities support, and by all means we are not going to put a sign or enforce, ‘Hey, you cant come in if you don’t have a mask or not vaccinated,’” said Rodriguez. “We need you to come eat. We need those sales.”

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