The lifted mask mandate
Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abott made the decision to fully reopen Texas, after its closing due to COVID-19. The reopening of our state means that the mask mandate is lifted, despite the risks it poses and health officials warning against it.
Although the mandate is lifted, that doesn’t stop businesses and schools from requiring them. Places such as Macys and Target, still require both customers and employees to wear them at all times while in their stores. Frisco ISD as well, still requires all students and staff to wear a face mask. (However students in PK-2 are exempt in a classroom setting). Businesses and schools continuing to require masks will hopefully keep the cases down like they have been.
For the past month, Texas covid cases have been lower than they have been since the start of the pandemic. This is partly due to safety precautions being taken, but it’s also due to vaccines becoming more available. However, just because it dips low now, doesn’t mean it’s going to stay low.
Abbott removing the mask mandate poses a huge risk to Texas public health and may cause cases to rise again. While opening Texas allows business to open to 100% capacity, was it really necessary to remove the mask mandate? Something so simple and harmless that can protect so many?