Texas has ended its mask mandate despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Tracking updates on the fallout from this decision by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Abbott Ends Texas’ Mask Mandate. “Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said on Tuesday that he was ending his statewide mask mandate, effective March 10, and that all businesses in the state could then operate with no capacity limits. “I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%” he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. “EVERYTHING.”” [NY Times]
Texas Democrats: “This Will Kill Texans.” ““What Abbott is doing is extraordinarily dangerous,” Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “This will kill Texans. Our country’s infectious disease specialists have warned that we should not put our guard down even as we make progress towards vaccinations.”” [Buzzfeed]
Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan Also Ended Mandates. “The announcement in Texas came as similar rules were lifted in other states, including Michigan, Louisiana, and Mississippi, which also ended its mask mandate. The roll-out of vaccinations against Covid-19 has boosted confidence in a return to pre-pandemic life in the US.” [BBC]
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