Texas Gov. Greg Abbott faced backlash after he announced the state’s mask mandate would be lifted and all businesses would be allowed to fully reopen. However, he defended his decision, stating that the move was based on science and data.
Abbott argued that Texas has been able to slow the spread of COVID-19 through increased testing and vaccinations and that the state has the capacity to treat those who do become sick. He also emphasized the importance of personal responsibility in stopping the spread of the virus.
Critics of Abbott’s decision, including President Biden and public health experts, have warned that lifting the mask mandate and reopening businesses too soon could lead to another surge in cases and deaths.
However, Abbott has remained firm in his stance, stating that Texans are capable of making their own decisions regarding their health and well-being.
The move has also been criticized by some businesses, who worry that the lifting of restrictions will lead to confusion and potentially unsafe working conditions.
Abbott, however, has encouraged businesses to continue implementing safety protocols and to make decisions based on their own risk assessments.