Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Lifts State Mask Mandate, Declares ‘It is Time to Open Texas 100%’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he was opening his state and ending a statewide mask mandate effective immediately.

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent.

“I am ending the statewide mask mandate,” he added.

Abbott signed an executive order requiring face coverings in
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