Texas Mask Mandate

Texas Mask Mandate

Texas governor lifts mask mandate and allows businesses to open at 100% capacity, despite health officials’ warnings

Texas has recorded more than 43,000 deaths related to Covid-19, the third-highest state toll in the US.

The governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced on Tuesday they would be lifting their states’ mask mandates and rolling back many of their Covid-19 health mandates, just one day after the CDC warned against complacency in the face of emerging coronavirus variants.

Texas Mask Mandate

The new executive order, which is to take effect on 10 March, lifts all mask requirements and forbids local authorities from penalizing residents who do not wear a face covering.

  1. What did the Texas governor announce?

    Mr. Abbott issued an executive order that rescinded most of the coronavirus measures he imposed earlier in the pandemic.
    The new executive order, which is to take effect on 10 March, lifts all mask requirements and forbids local authorities from penalizing residents who do not wear a face covering.
    It removes all restrictions on businesses in counties without a high number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals.
    Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Mr. Abbott said in a speech at the Chamber of Commerce in the city of Lubbock. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end.”
    He said that with increased vaccinations and improved treatment for Covid-19, the state was “in a far better position now”.
    But, he added, “Covid has not suddenly disappeared”. Following weeks of decline, coronavirus infections and related deaths are creeping up again in Texas, data from the Covid Tracking Project showed.

     

  2. What about other US states?

    Individual states are in charge of public health policy in the US. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, most introduced restrictions on businesses and travel.
    About 35 required face coverings to be worn in public places – either or outdoor – although enforcement of these mask mandates has been patchy.
    With cases and deaths falling sharply in recent weeks, several states have begun easing the restrictions.
    Shortly after Mr. Abbott’s announcement, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he would do the same in an even shorter time frame.
    “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,” Mr. Reeves said.
    Health experts have warned that the pandemic was far from over and cases could pick up if curbs were lifted too soon.

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