(Houston) Going against the advice of health authorities, Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced the end of mandatory masks and the total reopening of businesses, saying that the second most people of the United States had “the means to protect” its population from the coronavirus.
Posted on March 2, 2021 at 5:08 p.m.
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“From next Wednesday, all businesses of any type can open at 100% of their capacity,” said the governor in a decree that “puts an end to the compulsory wearing of masks throughout the state” in place since July 2020 .
Thanks to medical advances in vaccines and antibody treatments, Texas now has the means to protect Texans from the virus.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott
Even if “COVID-19 has not disappeared”, the southern state of the country “is much better” than in October, when the capacity of shops was limited to 75%.
“Now is the time to open Texas 100%,” he said during a visit to a restaurant in Lubbock, in the northwest of the state.
“For nearly six months, too many Texans have been denied the opportunity to work, too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills,” Abbott added. “We make sure that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny. ”
Concerns at the Federal Public Health Agency
Companies can, however, limit the reception capacity of their premises or set up health protocols, underlines the governor’s decree.
Nearly 44,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas since the outbreak began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
On Monday, the director of the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the country’s main federal public health agency, warned against any slackening, especially on wearing a mask.
“I am very worried by reports that more and more States are lifting precisely the measures that we have recommended to protect people,” Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing. “Now is not the time to relax critical devices that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19. ”
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