Abbott stated companies of any kind will probably be allowed to open 100% starting 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 stated.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves additionally introduced Tuesday the top to all county masks mandates and that companies can reopen at 100% capability. The new orders will go into impact Wednesday, Tate stated.
Texans have ‘mastered’ avoiding Covid, Abbott says
Abbott’s announcement comes as Covid-19 instances and hospitalizations proceed to drop throughout the nation. However, well being consultants say enjoyable restrictions now may result in one other surge, particularly with the variants spreading.
In the final 12 months, Texans have “mastered the daily habits to avoid getting Covid,” Abbott stated. As of Monday, 6.57% of Texans have been totally vaccinated, in response to Johns Hopkins University.
Abbott stated Tuesday 5.7 million vaccine pictures have been administered within the state, there’s a surplus of private protecting tools (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 stated. “People and businesses don’t need the state telling them how to operate.”
In an announcement Tuesday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated she disagreed with the governor’s determination.
“Taking away critical public health interventions” which are working will not make Texas communities safer or velocity up the return to normalcy, Hidalgo stated.
“Every time public health measures have been pulled back, we’ve seen a spike in hospitalizations,” Hildago’s assertion learn.
Hildago stated the nation is “inching closer to the finish line of this pandemic.”
“Now is not the time to reverse the gains we’ve worked so hard to achieve,” the choose’s assertion learn. “At best, today’s decision is wishful thinking. At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid.”
Jason Brewer, spokesman for the retail lobbying group Retail Industry Leaders Association, stated in an announcement that “relaxing common-sense safety protocols like wearing masks is a mistake.”
“Going backwards on safety measures will unfairly put retail employees back in the role of enforcing guidelines still recommended by the CDC and other public health advocates,” Brewer’s assertion learn. “It could also jeopardize the safety of pharmacies and grocers that are gearing up as vaccination centers.”
People who do not put on masks will not be penalized
Abbott stated he is aware of some officers will fear that opening the state 100% will result in worsening of Covid of their communities. He says his government order addresses that concern.
“If Covid hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas rise above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, then a county judge in that region may use Covid mitigation strategies in their county,” Abbott stated.
On a county stage, although, a choose can not put anybody in jail for not following Covid orders and no penalties may be imposed for individuals who don’t put on masks, Abbott stated.
“If restrictions are imposed at the county level, all entities must be allowed to operate at at least 50% capacity,” he stated.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated Abbott’s announcement “really undermines all of the sacrifices that have been made by medical professionals, doctors, nurses, EMS workers, firefighters, police officers, municipal workers, people in the community.”
Austin Mayor Steve Adler instructed CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday evening that everybody within the metropolis was “just dumbfounded” over Abbott’s announcement.
“It’s mind-boggling, given where we are,” Adler stated. He stated that they’ve labored so onerous to “get at the risk” of Covid-19 within the metropolis and Travis County.
Adler stated he and Travis County Judge Andy Brown despatched a letter to the governor’s workplace Tuesday morning “begging him not to do it.”
The metropolis will proceed its masks mandate and the chamber of commerce in Travis County issued an announcement urging its member companies to proceed to require masks as properly, Adler stated.
“This is self-help at this point,” Adler stated.
CNN’s Dave Alsup, Jamiel Lynch, Kay Jones, Gisela Crespo, Nathaniel Meyersohn, Chris Boyette, Carma Hassan and Leslie Perrot contributed to this report.