Texas and Mississippi have kicked any and all COVID-19 restrictions to the curb, as the governors of both states said masks are no longer mandatory, and businesses can open to 100% capacity.
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas set a date of March 10 for this to become official in his state.
Not everyone is agreeing with the moves however. CDC Directory Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned states to to rush when rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, even though total cases have plummeted and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is picking up steam.
President Biden said the U.S. should have all adults vaccinated by the end of May.
Texas can fill restaurants to capacity, businesses can operate at 100%, but Abott told residents that they still need to enforce some common sense. “Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility. COVID has not suddenly disappeared. It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed.”
Mississippi is going with recommendations instead of mandates, as they have seen a huge reduction in all COVID-19 related trends. “Today, I signed what I expect will be one of my last executive orders regarding COVID-19,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “Our hospitalizations have plummeted, and our case numbers have fallen dramatically as well.
“In fact, our case numbers have fallen to the point where no county meets the original criteria for a mask mandate.”
California, the state which imposed the toughest lockdown measures is slowly starting to allow businesses to function in a way that will hopefully ensure survival for them. San Francisco announced they will allow indoor dining, and Los Angeles County is expected to do the same by mid-March.