Texas Gov. Says State May Lift Statewide Mask Order “Pretty Soon”

'We’re working right now on evaluating when we’re going to be able to remove all statewide orders...'

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Texas could soon be following Florida’s lead and lifting its statewide mask mandate, according to the state’s governor.

During a press conference in Corpus Christi discussing vaccine distribution, Gov. Greg Abbott said state officials will be looking at lifting the coronavirus restrictions “pretty soon.”

“Great question,” Abbott told a reporter asking whether he’d consider lifting the order in light of vaccine availability.

“We’re working right now on evaluating when we’re going to be able to remove all statewide orders and we will be making announcements about that pretty soon.”

The governor’s comments come as Texas has seen a sharp drop in cases, with the 7-day average dropping below 7,000 in recent weeks.

Gov. Abbott issued a statewide mandate last July requiring “every person in Texas” to “wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.”

The news comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged New York City residents to wear two face masks “through June,” adding the city may “continue that guidance for quite a while depending on what is going on.”


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