Entornointeligente.com / Texas Governor Greg Abbott Abbott said he was lifting restrictions because of the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, and better testing and treatments. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivers an announcement in Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant on March 2, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders that limit capacities for businesses and the state-wide mask mandate. (Justin Rex / AP) Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted a state mask mandate and said he was authorising businesses restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic to open “100 percent.”
“For nearly half a year, most businesses have been open either 75 percent or 50 percent and during that time, too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said on Tuesday.
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“Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills,” the Republican governor said in a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
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“This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent,” he said to cheers and applause from his audience.
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“Every business that wants to be open should be open.”
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With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) March 2, 2021 Abbott said he was lifting the restrictions because of the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, and better testing and treatments
“Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” he said
Abbott imposed a mask mandate in the second most populous US state eight months ago
He said an executive order rescinding his previous Covid-19 orders and restrictions would take effect on Wednesday
Cases remain at very high levels, and #COVID19 variants are a very real threat to our progress. Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can #StopTheSpread of COVID-19 in our communities and prevent another surge in cases. https://t.co/uGOhDUGFje
— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) March 1, 2021 Abbott's move lifting restrictions came despite a warning on Monday by Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19,” Walensky said
“I remain deeply concerned about a potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic,” she said
“Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of Covid-19,” the CDC director said
“Continue wearing your well-fitted mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work.”