AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.
The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.
We have ramped up vaccinations to an astounding level, and with the Johnson and Johnson/Merck agreement, will be ahead of schedule. But the GOP is doing everything in its power to get as many citizens sick or killed as humanly possible. Opening up 100% is crazy, but removing mask mandates is just plain homicidal.
Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond, the Editorial Board writes https://t.co/12a5V4Cziw
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