Order takes effect from Wednesday, 2; Governor affirmed that vaccination allows reopening of the state, second with the largest number of contaminated in the country
An executive order signed by the governor of Texas, the Republican Greg Abbott, this Tuesday, 2, overturns the mandatory use of a mask and determines that all services and businesses provided in the state open with 100% of capacity during normal hours of operation. “We must, from now on, restore the normality of life for all Texans by reopening 100% of Texas. Make no mistake, the Covid-19 it has not yet disappeared, but it is evident from recoveries, vaccinations, hospitalization reductions and other security practices that the state’s state mandates are no longer needed, ”said the governor in an announcement made in a state restaurant. He also said that medical advances and drugs that create antibodies against the disease offer the tools needed to protect the region against Covid-19.
The rules are effective as of Wednesday, 3, and must be conditioned to a series of sanitary measures to be complied with by the establishments. If the bed occupancy rate with Covid-19 patients from any of the 22 hospitals in the state remains above 15% for more than seven days in a row, it is possible that the Justice will order the return of the mandatory use of masks. To date, 5.7 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19 have been administered to residents of the state, which is one of those with the highest number of confirmed cases of the disease. Since the start of the pandemic, 2,662,810 Texas residents have been positive for Covid-19, second only to California, with 3,573,588 confirmed cases. In the number of deaths, the state is in third place in the North American country, with 44,108 deaths, behind California and New York. To date, more than 515,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States.