The Lone Star State returned to national headlines on Tuesday after Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas would soon be open for business at 100% capacity, triggering a wide range of backlash from all political backgrounds.
Abbott also ended the mask mandate in addition to allowing companies to open at 100% capacity starting next week, he announced at Tuesday’s press conference. His announcement comes amid a nearly year-long push by some Republicans to end lockdowns and warning Democrats and health experts now is not the time to relax.
“Happy Texas Independence Day,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston tweeted in response to Abbott’s order. Crenshaw is one of several Republicans in Texas who say the lockdown measures are ineffective in stopping the virus.
But Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, was quick to condemn the governor’s order, saying it was “a dangerous distraction from our governor’s series of failures that led to our energy crisis.” », In a tweet.
“We are a few months away from full access to vaccines, but we are also facing more contagious variants of COVID, ”Allred said. “Opening now would risk lives unnecessarily.”
It’s a dangerous distraction from our governor’s series of failures that led to our energy crisis. We are a few months away from full access to vaccines, but we are also facing more contagious variants of COVID. Opening now would risk unnecessary lives. https://t.co/AloYnLpQgy
– Colin Allred (@ColinAllredTX) March 2, 2021
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