Governor Abbott lifts mask mandate and opens Texas to 100 percent. Mandate in Texas and increase the capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to. Health Care · Special Advisory Council · Economic Revitalization · Education. Greg Abbott has announced that the state will pause any further reopening of its economy for now, a day after he said Texas is facing a massive coronavirus outbreak.
Greg Abbott, of Texas, said Tuesday that he was ending his mask mandate statewide, starting March 10, and that all businesses in the state could then operate without capacity limits. Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order (GA-3) that lifts the mask mandate in Texas and increases the capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. Texas said Tuesday it was lifting its mask requirement and would allow businesses to fully reopen, the broadest step by any state to lift coronavirus restrictions, as Americans across the country are eager to get out after a year of isolation in the pandemic. Texas Medical Center in Houston said Tuesday that 97% of its ICU beds were occupied and that 27% of those patients were people who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Texas was one of the first states to begin the reopening process and many businesses are up and running once again. The state has been adding an average of about 14,000 tests per day over the past week, according to figures from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Along with GA-26, the Texas Department of State Health Services released an updated set of minimum standard health protocols for businesses. Texas's move, with its 29 million residents, goes beyond similar actions in other states and cities that are quick to reduce as many limits as they can.
Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, Speaker of the House Democratic Caucus, said in a statement that Texas is almost the last in the nation in per capita testing and Governor Even so, he said, “State mandates are no longer necessary because advanced treatments are now available to people with Covid-19, the state can test large numbers of people for the virus every day and 5.7 million vaccines have already been given to Texans. Abbott's press conference on Monday marked his second announcement regarding the restart of the Texas economy amid the pandemic. Abbott said Texas is already in the second phase of its contact tracing plan, adding 1,000 trackers to the existing 1,100 and launching a statewide app and call center to improve the process. Abbott's announcement Monday came as the number of coronavirus cases in Texas reached at least 25,297, including 663 deaths, according to the latest figures from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
In San Antonio, fan availability fell below 70% for the first time Wednesday, Texas Public Radio reported. Although conditions in the state and nation have improved due to a large increase during the holidays, the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly in Texas. Even so, the total number of tests conducted as of Monday 290,517 was still approximately 1% of Texas' nearly 29 million inhabitants.