- Texas eliminates order to wear mask in public
- More than 42,000 people in Texas have died from coronavirus
- In addition, the limits for restaurants, bars and cafes were suspended.
Texas eliminates order to wear a mask in public. The state will suspend the order to wear a mask in public, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday.
Texas has become the most populous state to end a measure aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 42,000 Texans according to The Associated Press.
Makes the announcement after strong criticism
The Republican governor made the announcement after facing harsh criticism from his own party for the order, which was imposed eight months ago, as well as other restrictions adopted to contain the pandemic.
“With this executive order, we ensure that all Texas businesses and families have the freedom to determine their own destiny,” he wrote in Twitter the republican governor. Despite the removal of the mask order, the restriction was applied lightly, even during the worst moments of the pandemic, according to The Associated Press.
In addition, the Texas order eliminates other measures
Texas will also suspend the limits imposed on restaurants, bars and cafes on the number of diners that can serve indoors, with the elimination these places could serve “one hundred percent” according to the official statement. Abbott made the announcement at a restaurant in Lubbock.
Meanwhile, several US governors have ‘relaxed’ restrictions on the coronavirus, despite warnings from health experts that the pandemic is far from over.
The announcement was made after Texas, like the rest of the United States, has registered a minor number of cases and deaths from COVID-19.
Hospitalizations are at their lowest levels since October and the seven-day average of positive tests has dropped to about 7,600 cases, up from more than 10,000 in mid-February.
Only the states of California and New York have reported more deaths from COVID-19 than Texas, reveals The Associated Press.
“Just because things are going in the right direction does not mean we have managed to eradicate risk,” said Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers, professor of integrative biology and director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. .
“Today’s announcement does not abandon the safe practices that Texans have mastered for the past year. Rather, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others, ”said Greg Abbott.
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Statement on removal of the order in Texas
Additionally, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus.”
“Now we must do more to restore Texans’ livelihoods and normalcy by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, but it’s clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed, ”added Greg Abbott. .
“Nearly 5.7 million vaccine injections have been administered to Texans, and the state now administers nearly one million injections per week,” an official statement noted. However, with the winter storm disaster some inoculations were delayed.
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