Texas, Mississippi Governors Relax COVID-19 Laws

The Republican Governors of Texas and Mississippi said on Tuesday, March 3, that the COVID-19 rules in the state will be relaxed. Businesses will be allowed to operate fully as the law on mask usage will no longer be compulsory.

CNBC reported that Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the development in a news briefing. In his announcement, he stated that a new executive order will be issued by him to lift most of the COVID-19 laws which he executed at the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, the statewide mask mandate will be halted and from March 10, all businesses are free to operate at 100 percent.

However, Abbott affirmed that the relaxation of the laws should not make the people to neglect their personal responsibility.

Meanwhile in Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves made an announcement at a separate news briefing that he will also be relaxing all the COVID-19 laws. Hence, all businesses will be free to operate also. Also, Reeves explained that recommendations will replace the relaxed COVID-19 rules and the limit to capacity will be 50 percent.

Reeves and Abbott affirmed that they made the decisions due to a fall in the new COVID-19 cases and the increase of vaccines for the virus. Nevertheless, federal officials warned that the fall in the new cases may result to new coronavirus variants.

The increase of COVID-19 vaccines has necessitated scientists within the CDC to release a caution stating that the country is far from herd immunity. On Monday, during a White House COVID-19 briefing, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky advised against the lifting of public health restrictions by state officials too soon. She said that the new variants can reduce the current progress with the fall in the COVID-19 cases.

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