Business owners are anticipating a large crowd for Spring Break, but some employees say they still plan to enforce face coverings for visitors.
- We are geared up and ready for spring break.
- Y'all are ready for Spring Break?
- We are ready for Spring Break, yeah, for everybody to come in and shop.
- On The Strand in Galveston, businesses are getting ready to welcome the anticipated Spring Break crowd. And many owners or store managers, like Julia Roberts, say when Texas opens up to 100% capacity next Wednesday, most will still require their employees to wear a mask and encourage their customers to do the same.
JULIA ROBERTS: I think that's the consensus of what we've been talking about the last couple of days on The Strand with the other shop owners. It's like, you know, just respect what the owners of the businesses have put forth until they feel comfortable and everybody's gotten their vaccine. And if all the employees in here had their vaccine and things were looking good, then we probably wouldn't be wearing masks. But until then, I want my employees to be safe as well.
MICHAEL WOODY: As far as the occupancy or the capacity, super excited about that, to be able to be back to 100%. It's going to be up to all of us to make sure we can stay there. And we're looking forward to, again, inviting a lot of people down to the island.
- Michael Woody with the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau says previously Galveston has seen 300,000 people visit for Spring Break. And he says they are hoping to see similar crowds return again while staying safe.
MICHAEL WOODY: We're surveying all of our industry partners right now to get a better feel for what they're going to be asking visitors to do. But, I think the best-- the best course is bring your mask along. We want you to be able to experience the most of the island that you can, and there will be still a number of places that are really encouraging that, encouraging the mask wearing.