Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the ending of the statewide coronavirus mask mandate during an event in Lubbock, Texas. The mandate required all Texans to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose while in public places.
Governor Abbott made that announcement as he addressed a group of small business and community leaders at a meeting of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon, March 2, 2012.
“It is time for Texas to be open 100 percent,” the governor said. “Everybody that wants a job should be able to get a job. Every business that wants to be open should be open.” “All businesses of any type can be open at 100 percent capacity. ”
Abbott cited the number of vaccines administered to Texans, the experience that Texans have in choosing to wear protection, and the number of recovered COVID cases as reasons for the ending of the mandates and reopening of business at 100 percent capacity.
“For nearly a half a year, most businesses have been open either 75% or 50%. And during that time, 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%.”
Effective Wednesday, March 10, all businesses of any type are allowed to fully reopen. “This must end,” he said before also ending the statewide mask mandate.
“Removing state mandates does not end personal responsibility,” he said. “With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”