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Texas governor lifts coronavirus mask mandate and allows businesses to open at 100% capacity, despite health officials' warnings
CNN via MSN ^ | 03/02/2021 | Amir Vera

Posted on 03/02/2021 6:22:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he's lifting the mask mandate in Texas, even as health officials warn not to ease safety restrictions.

Abbott made the announcement during a Lubbock Chamber of Commerce event where he issued an executive order rescinding most of his earlier executive orders like the mask mandate.

Abbott said businesses of any type will be allowed to open 100% beginning March 10.

"Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%," he said.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves also announced Tuesday the end to all county mask mandates and that businesses can reopen at 100% capacity. The new orders will go into effect Wednesday, Tate said.

"Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!," Reeves tweeted Tuesday.

Abbott's announcement comes as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop across the country. However, health experts say relaxing restrictions now could lead to another surge, especially with the variants spreading.

In the last year, Texans have "mastered the daily habits to avoid getting Covid," Abbott said. As of Monday, 6.57% of Texans have been fully vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Abbott said Tuesday 5.7 million vaccine shots have been administered in the state, there is a surplus of personal protective equipment (PPE) and "10 million Texans have recovered from Covid."

"Removing state mandates does not end personal responsibility and caring for your family members, friends and others in your community," Abbott said. "People and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate."

(Excerpt) Read more at msn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 1moretime; coronavirus; maskmandate; masks; reopening; searchandfind; texas
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1 posted on 03/02/2021 6:22:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well done, Governors...glad to hear this too:

“Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves also announced Tuesday the end to all county mask mandates and that businesses can reopen at 100% capacity. The new orders will go into effect Wednesday, Tate said.”


2 posted on 03/02/2021 6:26:12 PM PST by Cedar
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To: SeekAndFind
It is now time to open Texas 100%," he said

Uh, yyyeahhh. This is March 2nd, bro. March 10 is not "now". Goodness gracious.

3 posted on 03/02/2021 6:26:24 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: SeekAndFind

All a fraud since the so called curve flattened. We basically gave the country over to it so opening up now is bitter sweet and yet I think ‘Rona style totalitarian scum will never let go.


4 posted on 03/02/2021 6:35:21 PM PST by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

“health officials warnings” = bureaucratic BS

There is no cv19 pandemic. And there never was a cv19 pandemic. We have pandemics in other things, but those things don’t create a pretend justification for mail-in ballots.


5 posted on 03/02/2021 6:37:54 PM PST by SecAmndmt (Aim small, miss small)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now, the governor needs to defy the EO’s calling for open borders so no one can come in at any time. Texas don’t play dat! No telling how many diseased immigrants will come across that border.


6 posted on 03/02/2021 6:39:49 PM PST by Dawgreg
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Has Don Lemon fainted yet?

Did someone stick their finger down someone’s pants to revive the sick bastard with the smell?


7 posted on 03/02/2021 6:40:55 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Lean on Joe Biden to follow Donald Trump's example and donate his annual salary to charity. )
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to worry about us in the Supreme Soviet of Washington (state). Our beloved leader, Premiere Jai Ins-Li, would NEVER allow his serfs the scandalous freedom of going maskless.


8 posted on 03/02/2021 6:44:05 PM PST by hoagy62 (DTCM&OTTH)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for him.


9 posted on 03/02/2021 6:58:02 PM PST by luvie (The bravery and dedication of our troops in keeping us safe & free make me proud to be an American)
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To: SeekAndFind

So far Texas has vaccinated about 12% of residents with at least a first shot. If that accounted for both shots a 12% immunity rate is pathetic. Cases are sure to rise.

Abbott’s announcement is counter productive. People were going to venues where they would be too afraid to go because of mask and dstancing enforcement. Now these same people know that their favorite venues will be crowded with disease-carrying idiots. They will stay home in droves


10 posted on 03/02/2021 7:31:58 PM PST by nagant
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To: SeekAndFind
God Bless Texas
11 posted on 03/02/2021 7:33:27 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: nagant

“Abbott’s announcement is counter productive. People were going to venues where they would be too afraid to go because of mask and dstancing enforcement. Now these same people know that their favorite venues will be crowded with disease-carrying idiots. They will stay home in droves”

Idiots driven by fear should stay home.

In my subdivision, parents hang out at the playground with all the children 80-90% maskless. It is awesome. We’re done with the BS narrative. Masks don’t do squat but make people less healthy.


12 posted on 03/02/2021 7:49:31 PM PST by SecAmndmt (Aim small, miss small)
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To: SeekAndFind

Excellent news. It’s about time!


13 posted on 03/02/2021 7:51:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Will the Younger Dryas Impact you? )
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To: SeekAndFind
Abbott said. "People and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate."

Oh really? Then why did Your Majesty do exactly that for the entire past year?
14 posted on 03/02/2021 7:53:52 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: nagant
Cases are sure to rise.

I'm not sure about that. Not sure at all.

15 posted on 03/02/2021 7:55:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Will the Younger Dryas Impact you? )
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To: nagant

“People were going to venues where they would be too afraid to go because of mask and dstancing enforcement.”

And they still will. Just NOW they’ll be able to BREATHE while they’re there.

People, in general, are 1000% fed the Hell up, they’re sick of the charade, they’re worn psychologically threadbare being treated like f’n LEPERS everywhere...

I’m in CA, Mac, and even here in the looney leftie SF Bay Area, LOTS of people are beyond ready to take their chances in order to breathe FREE.

YES, there are risk groups that maybe ought to stay masked up, but transfer from asymptomatic people is so low you’re more likely to have a wreck in traffic than pick up the ‘rona unmasked at COSTCO.


16 posted on 03/02/2021 7:57:30 PM PST by HKMk23 (The days of my sojourn have been few and evil; I have not attained to the stature of my forebears.)
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To: SecAmndmt
There is no cv19 pandemic. And there never was a cv19 pandemic.

Absolutely right! Shout it from the rooftops! We've had an entire year of lies and gaslighting, topped off with breathtaking tyranny. Enough!

17 posted on 03/02/2021 8:15:06 PM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: nagant

Can you repeat that in English? Didn’t make any sense


19 posted on 03/02/2021 8:57:47 PM PST by Manuel OKelley
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To: Cedar

Don’t stop until Dr. Fauci’s head explodes.


20 posted on 03/02/2021 10:42:21 PM PST by Eleutheria5 ("The impossible happens all they time. You just have to believe." Will Robinson)
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