Texas Declares ‘COVID is Over’: Biz Open 100%, No Mask Mandate
Well it’s about dang time.
We are finally beginning to awaken from this long national nightmare known as COVID-19, as massive shipments of vaccines continue to make their way around the nation.
The Biden administration believes that every adult American will be able to receive a jab before the end of May, which is certainly an ambitious goal – but a welcome one.
Now, as numbers of cases and deaths continue to drop dramatically, Texas is preparing for her grand reopening.
Texas’s Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday said he planned to open the state next week “100%,” roughly a year after the coronavirus pandemic broke out throughout the U.S.
Abbott issued an executive order that rescinds many of the state’s previous orders, allowing all businesses in the state to fully reopen and revoking the statewide mask mandate as of next Wednesday.
“To be clear, COVID has not, like, suddenly disappeared,” Abbott cautioned during a press conference at a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday. “COVID still exists in Texas, the United States and across the globe, but it is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, from the reduced hospitalizations and from the safe practices Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.”
Abbott was following the science in his decision.
Abbott pointed to a number of positive statistics as he detailed the state’s reopening plans, including a reduction in active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and the lowest positivity rate the state has seen in months.
He also noted that the vaccine is a big contributing factor to the state’s ability to safely reopen, saying that health experts expect 7 million shots to have been distributed in the state by next Wednesday.
It is highly likely that other states will soon follow suit, and the cavalcade of economic resurgence could very well trigger a new roaring twenties.
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