Gov. Abbott proclaims Texas lifting COVID-19 masks mandate

Texas is lifting its masks mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott introduced Tuesday.

“It’s time to reopen Texas 100 p.c,” Abbott informed reporters at a restaurant in Lubbock.

North Dakota, Montana and Iowa have additionally lifted masks orders in latest weeks. However Texas is the biggest state to cast off the mandate.

The Republican governor imposed the statewide masks mandate in July amid a lethal summer time surge.

However Abbott confronted criticism from inside his personal get together, and a few native sheriffs refused to police the restrictions in any respect.

Not less than 37 states required face coverings to a point through the pandemic, and the reversals come regardless of warnings from well being specialists that the pandemic isn’t over.

Abbott on Tuesday additionally introduced that limits on the variety of diners that companies can serve indoors will even be scrapped starting on March 10, Abbott mentioned.

A customer exits a store with a mask required sign displayed.
Texas will even take away restrictions on the variety of diners eating places can have indoors on March 10.
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The coronavirus that has killed greater than 42,000 Texans. Solely California and New York have reported extra COVID-19 deaths.

With Submit wires