By: Tinesha Coleman
Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday, March 1st the reopening of The State of Texas to all businesses.
“Texas will be in charge of managing their own individual safety” said Abbott.
For the first time in nearly a year all businesses will be allowed to reopen at 100% of capacity. Abbot also posted to twitter to express his excitement for his decision.
Twitter post https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX/status/1366846908480815106?s=20
Although Texas will be at 100%, businesses can still choose to limit occupancy or require face masks.
The reopening also opens the door to potentially massive social gatherings, including sports stadiums, concerts and other large venues.
Rolling back these restrictions a month and a half before spring break could cause a Covid-19 spike in Texas. Spring break is a time people typically travel, gather in large groups and go to bars.
Not mandating mask requirements can also increase the likelihood of more Covid cases, also exposing people to more dangerous variants of the virus.
‘To many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end” said Abbott.
During the meeting held at Lubbock restaurant, Abbott cited the growing vaccination rates and decline in hospitalization for his decision.
Covid-19 cases and hospitalization has fallen from a peak since January, but levels of disease are still to high.