Texas Governor Lift Masks Mandate, businesses to open at 100% Capacity, Despite warnings from health officials

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday, that he would lift the mask mandate. Abbot stated during a Chamber of Commerce event where he issued an order that will rescind all his previous executive orders. COVID cases in the state of Texas have dropped drastically he said during the speech.  He is also allowing businesses to open and function at 100% capacity by Wednesday, March 10.

“Just because state mandates have been lifted and rules have been changed.  It doesn’t mean you don’t have to be responsible for your family and those around you. It just means those mandates are no longer needed.” Abbott added.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also tweeted that they would lift the mandate as well.

“Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!”

During his announcement he stated that Texas has done such a good job at recovering from COVID-19. Due to having 5.7 million vaccine shots administered throughout the state, a surplus of personal protection equipment (PPE) and according to Abbot, 10 million Texans have recovered from the virus.

As this sounds good health officials say acting too quickly to lift restrictions can lead to a surge in new cases later down the line. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated that, “Taking away “critical public health interventions” that are working won’t make Texas communities any safer or speed up the return of normalcy.”

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