Gov. Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate for Texas

Alexa Ward, Editor-in-Chief

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing restaurants back at 100% capacity and lifting the statewide mask mandate starting March 10.

Abbott still urges that Texas citizens wear their masks and distance.

“We are still urging people to continue to wear the mask, to continue to use the safe practices that they have mastered over the past year,” Abbott said. “They know the right thing to do.”

Harris County Mayor Sylvester Turner is not in favor of the statewide mandate being lifted.

“Every time we start moving in the right direction the Governor steps in and sets us back and makes all of our jobs harder,” Turner said via Twitter. “He minimizes the sacrifices of people and businesses. I just don’t get it.”

President Joe Biden has also expressed his disapproval of Gov. Abbott’s plans.

“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said from the Oval Office. “I hope everyone has realized by now these masks make a difference.”

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, about 7% of Texans have been fully vaccinated.

“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we have been able to get vaccines in people’s arms.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci claims we can expect to see a surge with this mandate being lifted.

“That’s a dangerous sign because when that has happened in the past, when you pull back on measures of public health, invariably you’ve seen a surge back up,” Fauci said.

Gov. Abbott claims his goal in lifting the mask mandate was not to get citizens to stop following protocols, but that Texans “no longer need government running our lives.”

Although Abbott has lifted the mandate, many businesses and school districts including CCISD have said they will continue enforcing mask-wearing and social distancing protocols.

Sources:

ABC News

Houston Chronicle

CNN

Fox News