Texas is open for business – and you don’t have to wear a mask anymore. That’s the word from Governor Greg Abbott, who says that starting next Wednesday, businesses can re-open at 100-percent capacity and the statewide mask mandate will end.
The governor still encouraged people to show personal responsibility and follow CDC COVID prevention suggestions. Abbot explained his decision saying it was important to let businesses decide whether they want to be open. He also cited COVID vaccination numbers along with virus testing, treatment, and P-P-E availability.
Not everyone is cheering the plan, however. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says Abbott’s order is “premature” and is calling on the governor to allow more people to get the COVID vaccine. Bexar [[ bear ]] County Judge Nelson Wolff called it “irresponsible” and said they still have hundreds of people in the hospital with COVID-19.
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!— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021
SOURCE: NBC News