Exactly eight months after being granted a mask mandate in most of Texas, Gov Greg Abbott canceled that order on Tuesday, along with most of the other nationwide COVID-19 orders he signed last year

Texas Gov Greg Abbott made the nationwide announcement Tuesday when speaking with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

“Too many Texans have been excluded from job opportunities,” Abbott said. “Too many small business owners are struggling to pay their bills This has to end It is now time to open Texas to 100%”

Starting next Wednesday, all companies regardless of their classification will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity, Abbott said

Abbott said, “Texas is in a far better position now,” with vaccination numbers rising and knowledge of how to manage the spread of the virus, Abbott also noted falling hospitalization rates and positivity rates
Still, Texas lags behind most of the country in vaccination percentages as of Wednesday, around 13 percent of the state’s population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, ranking 48th in the U.S. Place

In a tweet released Tuesday after Abbott’s speech, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg disagreed, saying, “We’re not out of the woods yet”

It is a big mistake to open everything 100% while destroying our state’s mask mandate, COVID-19 is still widespread in our community and infects far too many at-risk residents, please keep wearing a mask with me, we’re not yet from the forest https: // tco / aYwaaWV6Xt

If COVID-19 hospital admissions rise above 15% for seven consecutive days in a hospital region, district judges may opt for stricter COVID-19 mitigation strategies but cannot impose restrictions or fines on face masks, Abbott said

Although Abbott acknowledged the virus was not completely gone, he said, “Government mandates are no longer needed”

“On Independence Day in Texas, Abbott’s actions will once again become independent of logic or reason,” said party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa in a statement. “Governor Abbott has proven on numerous occasions that he neither understands nor cares about the struggles of everyday Texans Basic Duty To Fulfill You Protect ”

Abbott had hinted last week that he was working to remove nationwide contracts related to COVID-19 during an appearance on Corpus Christi

“We are currently working on looking into when we can remove all nationwide orders and we will announce this soon,” Abbott previously said when asked about the mask mandate

The governor had issued several statewide orders since the pandemic started last year. In July, Abbott issued the mask order for most counties in Texas. Last fall, Abbott issued a statewide mandate linking business capacity to coronavirus hospital stay numbers >

As of Feb 28,6According to the Texas Tribune, 5% of Texans are fully vaccinated, and experts say the Lone Star State is nowhere near herd immunity

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, recently said he believes people will need to continue wearing face masks through 2022

Tariffs Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for three years. He has covered a variety of subjects but specializes in crime, courts and data visualization

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Source: https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/03/02/texas-gov-greg-abbott-to-make-statewide-announcement-in-lubbock/