America is gradually shifting away from mask requirements. Days ago, multiple big box stores and businesses stated that they’ll no longer mandate fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings in their establishments; furthermore, these businesses are not pushing for customers to submit proof of vaccination either.
Many folks across the nation are tired of the masks. Since their inception, face coverings have engendered controversy; this controversy has only continued with time.
In light of multiple available vaccinations against COVID-19, more people are embracing the idea of throwing away the masks. On Tuesday, Americans learned that government entities in the state of Texas are now barred from imposing mask requirements.
Phasing out face masks in the Lone Star State
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed an executive order on Tuesday regarding face coverings.
In this executive order, the Republican governor decreed that government entities throughout the state may not issue mask mandates. Furthermore, should these institutions attempt to require masks anyway, they shall incur fines to the tune of $1,000.
There’s also more to Abbott’s executive order. The Texas governor furthered declared that after June 4, 2021, public schools throughout the Lone Star State may not require masks.
Governor Abbott stated on Tuesday the clear purpose of this executive order. Ultimately, it boils down to Texas residents making their own choices, rather than the government imposing mandates upon Texans.
Texans who feel more comfortable with face masks are, of course, free to continue wearing masks wherever they go.
Zero coronavirus deaths
On Sunday, May 16, Governor Abbott reported zero coronavirus-related fatalities in the Lone Star State; this was a major milestone, one that Texas hasn’t experienced since March of 2020.
Since lifting the statewide mask mandate and other restrictions, Texas has done well. Governor Abbott maintains that Texans are receiving their vaccines, yet on a voluntary basis, not a compulsory one.
Last month, the Texas governor signed an executive order barring government entities in the state from issuing vaccine passport requirements. The executive order, at this time, does not extend to private businesses; moreover, the order has yet to be codified into law as Florida’s is.
Thus far, Florida is the only state in the nation to ban vaccine passport mandates from both the government and the private sector. Governor DeSantis first issued an executive order; after the Florida state legislature codified DeSantis’ executive order against vaccine passports, the Florida governor signed the bill into law.