When Texas ended its mask mandate, the event cancellations started — and the losses are adding up
“It was groups that were not comfortable returning to a fully-opened economy where there was no mask mandate in place.”Gov. Greg Abbott ended the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on business on March 10, pointing toward fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases in the state. However, he said three of them “had relationships in the medical field” and were concerned with “the message that medical groups might be sending” if they held events in Texas. And you can see that clearly with the cancellation of these conferences.”Even after Texas ended its mask mandate, Austin and Travis County have continued to require masks. In response, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a suit demanding the local officials end the mandate.
Some San Antonio COVID-19 survivors appalled by Gov. Abbott’s decision to reopen state without mask mandate
SAN ANTONIO – Heladio Rendon and Carlos Muniz both fought COVID-19 last summer and barely survived to tell about it. Greg Abbott to reopen Texas at 100% capacity without a mask mandate on March 10 shocks and scares them both. “The virus is going to go off, and there’s going to be more people in the hospital,” Rendon said. “With that type of percentage, it’s just way too low for us just to turn away from everything -- 100% opening, no masks. AdHe said there’s enough evidence to show that social distancing and masks help reduce the spread.
Winter storm delayed Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement to reopen businesses 100%, lift mask mandate
SAN ANTONIO – The winter storm two weeks ago that caused the catastrophic failure of the power grid in Texas delayed Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement of reversing his statewide pandemic orders. During an exclusive interview Wednesday on the KSAT 12 6 O’Clock News, Abbott said he had originally planned to make the announcement on Feb. 22 but had to delay it due to the winter storm. “These are doctors who agree with this decision because of these metrics,” Abbott said. He added that county judges in the hospital regions also have the authority to implement measures that would help mitigate the spread of the virus if the hospital rate skyrockets.