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‘This will kill Texans’: State officials blast Gov. Greg Abbott for lifting COVID mask mandate


Phil West


Posted on Mar 3, 2021

From our friends at Nautilus:

Gov, Greg Abbott (R-Texas) chose Texas Independence Day, March 2, to announce the end of the state’s mask mandate and a push to allow businesses to operate at 100% capacity. But many were immediately quick to criticize the move to end the Texas mask mandate, calling it irresponsible and expressing concern the move will reverse the state’s improving COVID-19 numbers. 

Abbott announced his order to a mostly maskless audience of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce members. Abbott, himself maskless for the announcement, went to Twitter afterward to declare, “I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%,” adding “EVERYTHING” in all-caps for emphasis. 

In a more staid version of the announcement on the governor’s official site, he provided justification for the move, to take effect March 10. 

Read the rest of the Nautilus story here.

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2021, 9:16 am CST