Texas outbreak slows, governor orders schools, government agencies not to mandate masks

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has decreed that local governments in Texas must lift the mandatory wearing of masks everywhere by May 12, and that schools must also lift this requirement by June 4, and that failure to do so could result in fines of up to $1,000.

Abbott said publicly: “With widespread vaccination, antibody therapy drugs, and community safety measures in Texas, we can defeat the new pneumoconiosis (Chinese communist virus). It’s not up to the federal government to require us to wear masks, it’s up to Texans to decide, and that’s why masks should not be mandated in public schools or government agencies.”

Abbott said on the 16th of this month that this is the first time Texas has had zero deaths since the New Coronary Pneumonia record, and it is also the lowest number of cases of infection in Texas in 13 months, and the lowest number of hospitalizations in 11 months.

Abbott explained yesterday that Texans can continue to mitigate the Newcastle pneumonia outbreak while defending their freedom to wear a mask or not. According to Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, people who are fully vaccinated against Newcastle can, in most cases, stop wearing masks indoors or outdoors. Walensky did note, however, that children who cannot be vaccinated must still wear masks indoors.

Abbott had already lifted the requirement to wear masks in Texas in March of this year, after which schools could still mandate masks, although yesterday Abbott ordered that masks should not be mandatory for students, teachers, parents or faculty.