Texas Ends Face Mask Requirement

By Paul Riegler on 2 March 2021
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Corpus Christi, Texas

Texans and visitors to the Lone Star state will no longer be required to don a face mask in public and all businesses will be allowed next week to resume operating at full capacity.

The news was announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The action follows a plea from Rochelle Wolensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for localities not to reopen too soon, fearing that a lapse in vigilance could lead to a spike in new cases.

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end,” the governor said at a press conference, adding that “[I]t is now time to open Texas 100%.”

Texans have been required to don a face mask in public since last July and many officials in the state believe the governor’s order will lead to more cases.

“We think it’s premature,” the Dallas County Health and Human Services Director, Phil Huang, told Dallas County commissioners at a meeting prior to the governor’s announcement, adding that “it’s not the time to relax.”

The action by the governor does not override federal rules requiring masks on public transit, on airplanes, and at airport and train terminals.

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