Texan Governor Greg Abbott

Texas And Mississippi Lifting All Mask And Capacity Mandates, Concert Venues Cleared To Re-Open At %100


The states of Texas and Mississippi are set to lift both their mask mandate and increase the capacity of businesses, venues and public facilities back to 100% over the coming days. In addition to allowing full-scale social gatherings, this also paves the way for sporting events, concerts and other large scale venues to return back to normal. Texan Governor Greg Abbott‘s executive order on the matter will go into effect next Wednesday, March 10th.

Abbott said in a statement:

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“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus. We must now do more to restore the livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.

Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all business and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a statement on his state’s mask and capacity restrictions being lifted as well. That order will go into effect tomorrow, March 03rd. He made several tweets on the matter, they read:

Unsurprisingly their respective decisions have been controversial, drawing waves of both support and criticism. Whether or not many artists or sporting events will take advantage of these loosened restrictions remains to be seen.

Potential restrictions with other states who are still imposing mask and capacity restrictions could become an issue. The situation could theoretically also make for a possible insurance quagmire in regards to liability for venues and such.

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