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‘Signs of change’ El Pasoans notice changes to mask signs outside businesses

EL PASO, Texas -- Some local businesses are changing the mask signs placed on their business entrance, while others are taking them down altogether. The Centers for disease control says people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear a mask outdoors or indoors.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also told Texans they can drop the mask. However, even with the CDC guidance and the announcement from the Governor, the Mayor and County Judge are asking El Pasoans to continue to wear masks.

While going around El Paso, ABC-7 crews noticed some businesses taking the mask signs down, while other businesses continue to ask for customers to keep the maks, but don't require it while entering the business.

“If they forget and hey still don’t have it, it’s okay, we’ll let them in," Ashley Ludden owner of 'Up and Running' said.

Ludden said 99% of the their customers enter with a mask without management telling them to do so.

"People come in and if they realize they don't have it (mask) they'll say 'hey is it alright if I come in without my mask?' And that's when we say, 'yeah it's alright we'll accommodate you'," Ludden said.

Ludden said the store does not ask for proof that someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

It's the same case with another business, Circle K, near Mesa and Executive. Circle K displays a sign at the entrance informing customers that vaccinated staff and customers are not required to wear a mask. Staff told ABC-7 they do not ask for proof of vaccination.

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Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



  1. I went to Walmart (Eastside Montana Ave) and Academy Sports (Lower Valley) this morning with no face mask. Feels great. No one cared. Even a few employees to include security weren’t wearing either. Masks will be ancient history after this summer.

  2. I don’t even have one in my car anymore. If I happen to go where required I wont go in. Now there is enough alternatives. I’ll make an exception for Dentist Office mainly because I want my twice a year free cleaning.

    1. Republicans have always been easy to spot. They’re the ones standing upright and can walk and chew gum at the same time. The democrats are the ones dragging their knuckles and usually drooling.

        1. Please do avoid us. Liberalism is a disease that instantly makes you stupid, racist and anti-America and we don’t want you anywhere near us

    2. Too easy to spot the Demoturds/Libturds like Turner aka Alberto. They are the ones too gutless to take off their face masks. But they identify with being vaccinated.

    1. Not exaggerating – I was the only one in Walmart at Cielo Vista yesterday WITHOUT a mask yesterday when I went to return an online order. The place is a total sheep farm. People are nuts.

      1. I agree. I’ve been into my neighborhood wal-mart a few times since last week. First 3 times I went, everyone had a mask. Last time there were a few that didn’t. Slowly starting to see the effects of liberal brainwashing going away.

        1. We were having a cookout Saturday, and I was in line at Albertson’s with three large bags of ice when a woman behind me said, “I can’t believe you are having a party during a pandemic”. My response was, don’t worry, you’re not invited. Sheeple!

          1. I would have been more blunt with her. Tell her to STFU and eff off.

  3. Interesting! I just got back from the Ft. Bliss Commissary and Class VI, you have to wear one in the Commissary, but not in the Class VI.

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