Gov. Greg Abbott lifting statewide mask mandate, will allow businesses to open 100%

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 4:39 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KOSA) - Governor Greg Abbott has announced that starting Wednesday, March 10, the statewide mask mandate will end and businesses will be able to open at 100% capacity.

“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent.”

Gov. Abbott added that Texans must take personal responsibility for the safety of themselves and others.

“Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”

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