Gov. Abbott said businesses can reopen 100% next Wednesday

Gov. Abbott said personal responsibility must continue

LUBBOCK, Texas- Today Gov. Abbott said all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100% starting next Wednesday. He is ending the statewide mask mandate as well.

He called Lubbock a shining star in Texas and in the nation. He also touted Texas Tech and its chancellor.

For almost a full year restaurants have had to scale back to 50% or 75% capacity. Gov. Abbott said this sidelined too many workers and for too long.

“It’s is now time to open Texas 100%,” said Abbott. “With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”

His first executive order regarding the Covid-19 pandemic was issued last March. Gov. Abbott said since then we have learned a lot about staying safe and we have the vaccine to protect people.

Gov. Abbott said 216,000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered just today setting a new record for Texas. By next Wednesday, he said more than half of senior citizens in Texas will have the vaccine. He said the new Johnson & Johnson one shot vaccine went out today in Texas. Gov. Abbott said soon everyone in Texas who wants a Covid-19 vaccine shot will be able to get it.

Gov. Abbott said Covid-19 has not gone away, but we are seeing a reduction in hospitalization rates. He said if hospitalization rates are above 15% for seven consecutive days County Judges can consider implementing certain restrictions.

Gov. Abbott held the press conference at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock. The restaurant opened about 50 years ago and remains in the Rosales family.

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