Texas will lift the mask necessity and allow businesses to resume at full capacity next week.
Governor Greg Abbott has officially announced the news. The Republican on Tuesday said that it is time to open Texas 100%.
Texas is the largest state in the US to end its mask mandate. Mr Abbott had to face criticism from his party over the measure of imposing the precaution last July.
But the covid restrictions are still necessary to follow, as said by US President Joe Biden’s administration.
As similar rules were lifted from other states, the announcement came from Texas as well. The other states include Michigan, Mississippi, and Louisiana, which also have ended their mask mandate.
The boost of confidence to return to the pre-pandemic life is mainly due to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.
President Biden on Tuesday said that they are on track to provide enough vaccines for all the adults in the country by the close of May.
Yet, the surge of resuming the states has put Biden administration and his senior health officials. Furthermore, the officials have reacted in dismay to the relaxation of Covid means at an uncertain time in the pandemic.
On Monday, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director warned of a potential stage four surge of cases. Rochelle P Walensky said this is likely to happen if the country slipped into arrogance.
Though new cases and death tolls of the Covid cases have declined in recent weeks, the numbers are still high compared to other countries.
The US has a record of more than 28 million infections and a 516,000 death toll related to the Covid in total. The numbers are according to the data collated at Johns Hopkins University.
What announcement did the Texas governor make?
The governor issued a regulatory order that repealed most of the Covid measures he inflicted earlier in the pandemic.
The new executive order is to take effect on the 10th of March, lifts mask requirements. Moreover, it forbids the local authorities from penalizing the citizen who does not wear any face covering.
Additionally, it removes all the restrictions on businesses in counties without many Covid, infected patients in hospitals.
Texas has recorded more than 43,000 death tolls related to Covid-19. The toll is the third highest in the US.