The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, lifted the Covid-19 mask mandate in his state and declared that businesses could open at 100% capacity on Tuesday.
“It is now time to open Texas 100%,” declared Abbott in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday afternoon. “Everybody who wants to work should have the opportunity. Every business that wants to be open should be open.”
The governor touted the state’s testing capabilities, antibody therapeutic drugs and vaccines as reason to reopen. He also said, “Texans have mastered the daily habits to avoid getting COVID.”
At present, 6.8% of Texans have been fully vaccinated.
The governor stated that it was no longer necessary to have a state mask mandate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, has recommended masks be worn in public settings as a barrier against respiratory droplets that could spread Covid-19.