Texas governor Greg Abbott allowed all businesses to reopen at full capacity back in March, and lifted the state’s mask mandate. Local governments were still allowed to implement their own mask mandates however, and businesses can still require them for service.
The state has made progress in combating the virus since then. Texas had their first day without a single coronavirus death since the pandemic began on Sunday, and, contrary to liberal hysteria, cases have only continued falling since the state fully reopened. Roughly a third of Texans had contracted the coronavirus by January, and over 40% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose. Dr. Fauci estimated herd immunity at 60-70% of the population being vaccinated or developing natural immunity from having the virus (before he moved the goal posts to 70-85%).
Texas has been ahead of the rest of the nation when it comes to reopening, and Governor Abbott is again moving to relax mask mandates as liberals attempt to sow them into the cultural fabric.
TX is prohibiting mask mandates by gov’t entities.
Starting May 21, local govts attempting to impose mask mandates can be fined up to $1K.
We're also prohibiting public schools from mandating masks after June 4.
Texans, not gov’t, should decide their best health practices. pic.twitter.com/M7iN4sLBJV
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 18, 2021
According to HotAir:
Starting in the next week or so, governmental mask mandates will be forbidden across the state in all but a few locations and settings. Local, county and municipal governments will have to terminate all mask mandates by Friday. Schools will be allowed to keep their mandates in place until the end of the school year in the beginning of June, but after that, no mandates will be allowed or enforced.
There are exceptions in the order and they cover the places you would probably expect to be treading more carefully. State-funded nursing homes, along with state-owned or operated hospitals will be allowed to require face coverings in appropriate circumstances. Also, prisons and jails will be able to do so because of the crowded conditions sometimes seen in those facilities. But aside from that, the government will not be forcing anyone to wear a face mask anywhere.
Private institutions (such as businesses) will be allowed to keep mask requirements in place.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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