Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas announced Tuesday that the state would be ending its mask mandate and allowing businesses to reopen at 100% capacity. Chris Pandolfo reports at The Blaze:
Texas is fully reopening and the statewide mask mandate will be rescinded this week, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Tuesday.
“Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%,” the governor said at a news conference announcing an end to restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Abbott said declining hospitalization rates across the state and increased distribution of virus vaccines were reasons to end the coronavirus restrictions.
Here is Gov. Abbott’s announcement to open Texas and end the mask mandate pic.twitter.com/3RyGdMVXvD
— The Recount (@therecount) March 2, 2021
“Texas is in a far better position now than when I issued my last executive order back in October,” Abbott explained.
He indicated that if a private business still wishes to limit its capacity or enforce other virus safety precautions, the business would be free to do so without a government mandate.
“It is their business, and they get to choose to operate their business the way they want to,” Abbott said. “At this time, however, people and businesses don’t need the state telling them how to operate.”
NEW: Issuing an executive order to lift the mask mandate and open Texas to 100 percent. pic.twitter.com/P4UywmWeuN
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) March 2, 2021
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