Watch state leaders give COVID-19 guidance to Texas employers in virtual town hall March 10 at 11:30 a.m.

The state removed restrictions related to the virus on March 10; View the stream below

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, visitors to the River Walk pass a restaurant that has reopened in San Antonio. Coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half the U.S. states, as states are rolling back lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, visitors to the River Walk pass a restaurant that has reopened in San Antonio. Coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half the U.S. states, as states are rolling back lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

State agencies are teaming up to provide guidance to Texas employers on Wednesday in a virtual town hall as state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions on businesses are removed.

Watch the one-hour virtual town hall livestream above, which starts at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10.

The town hall was organized by the Texas Worfkorce Commission and the Office of the Governor.

“Texas Employers: Join us for a virtual town hall to discuss Governor Abbott’s new Executive Order, which includes opening Texas businesses 100%. This session will feature employment law attorneys from the Office of the Commissioner Representing Employers and guests from the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Team,” reads the announcement.

Abbott announced last week an executive order that takes effect Wednesday and allows all businesses to reopen to 100% capacity and prevents local governments from enforcing mask requirements or issuing fines or other punishment.

There are some exceptions for places like private businesses and federal property. Read more about the order here.

Some major companies, including San Antonio-based grocer giant H-E-B, have said they will “strongly encourage” face coverings in its stores, but only require them of vendors and employees. The company has said without government or legal backing, enforcing a mask mandate is “complicated” and “difficult.”

Many other local businesses have taken a similar stance.

Entrepreneurs and business owners will be hoping Wednesday’s town hall will help them navigate a difficult issue moving forward.

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Kolten Parker is digital executive producer at KSAT. Previously, he worked at the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas Observer.