Texas and Mississippi announced that it would be lifting the mandate of wearing masks and would be reopening the full capacity of business.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday that he released a new order which mandated to operate business and the wearing of masks will not be mandatory.
“This new order removes all of our county mask mandates and allows businesses to operate at full capacity without state-imposed rules or restrictions,” said Reeves.
“If businesses or individuals decide to take additional precautions they are absolutely within their rights,” Reeves added.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a press conference, “it is now time to open Texas 100%.”
COVID-19 has not yet been gone but the decreased number of hospitalizations showed that the safe practices of Texas will not be needed, Abbott added.
“But it is clear from the recoveries, from the vaccinations, from the reduced hospitalizations, and from the safe practices that Texas are using, that state mandates are no longer needed,” he said.
Abbott’s order will be effective on March 10. However, White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt told CNN that early lifting was a mistake.
“We think it’s a mistake to lift these mandate too early. Masks are saving a lot of lives,” he said.
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