Texas Governor Abbott lifts mask mandate and all COVID restrictions
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement Tuesday makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face covering order. The decision comes as governors across the U.S. have been easing coronavirus restrictions, despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over.
The economy of Texas will now be open 100%.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves was quick to follow Texas lead, and opened up his state as well.
Wednesday, in reaction to Texas and Mississippi’s decisions to end their mask mandates and open their states, President Biden said, “the last thing we need is neanderthal thinking.”
Biden went on to stress the importance of masking, saying if we don’t, we will lose thousands of more lives.
Biden’s comments are being compared to Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters, “deplorables.”