What Abbott is doing is extraordinarily dangerous. 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. Abbott doesn’t care. — Gilberto Hinojosa, the state party chairman
What Abbott is doing is extraordinarily dangerous. 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. Abbott doesn’t care. — Gilberto Hinojosa, the state party chairman
Texas is ending its mask mandate and will allow all businesses to fully reopen.
Texas’ governor ended a statewide mask mandate and said businesses could fully reopen, despite federal warnings that states should not ease restrictions yet.

“To be clear, Covid has not, like, suddenly disappeared,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “Covid still exists in Texas and the United States and across the globe.” Even so, he said, “state mandates are no longer needed” because of the availability of advanced treatments, increased testing and vaccines.

... Target and Macy’s said on Tuesday that they would continue requiring customers and employees to wear masks, Reuters reported. General Motors and Toyota said their employees in the state would also still be required to wear masks.

Democratic leaders in the state reacted swiftly and harshly to the announcement. “What Abbott is doing is extraordinarily dangerous,” Gilberto Hinojosa, the state party chairman, said in a statement, adding, “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. Abbott doesn’t care.”


... The Biden administration has warned states not to relax restrictions too soon, despite the recent decline in cases. “We stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” the director of the C.D.C., Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said at a White House virus briefing on Monday.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/world/greg-abbott-texas-masks-reopening.html