Will Texas be ending face masks?

Jenn Leach


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Will face masks be ending in Texas? Governor Abbott is considering ending the statewide mask order. Here’s the latest on what’s happening.

Governor Abbot continued Texas under the mask order since July. 

Now there’s talk about if that order will be coming to a close soon. What do you think about required face masks ending on Texas?

On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott talked about looking at the future of Texas and when it’ll be in a position to lift the statewide mask order. At a Corpus Christi news conference when Abbott was asked about when the statewide face mask order will end, Abbott commented that that was a great question. 

He said that they are currently working on reviewing when they would be able to remove all statewide orders for face masks. 

The face mask mandate came following COVID-19 hitting the globe. Covering your face with a mask is said to decrease your chance of spreading the virus if you may have it, knowingly or unknowingly. 

Other than the mask mandate, statewide orders also include a policy rolling back business reopening in a hospital region if COVID-19 patients exceed 50% of hospital capacity for seven days. 

As of this writing, around 5% of Texans have been vaccinated. 

Governor Abbott seems optimistic about the pace of vaccinations and how they will pick up as more vaccines become available in the state of Texas. Experts weigh in saying that Texas is a long way from reaching herd immunity through vaccines. 

Herd immunity is said to have been reached at 70% to 80% of the population when vaccinated which is around 22 million people. Scientists are unsure of whether or not vaccines can prevent the spread of the virus but early research suggests that vaccines may be able to offer some help to some extent. 

The CDC recommends that people who have received two doses of the vaccine continue avoiding crowds, practicing measures like staying at least 6 feet away from people who live outside your household and continue to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth. 

Dr. Fauci has said that he does not know when Americans will be able to return to life as normal pre-Covid and that mask wearing may still need to continue into the year 2022.

Abbott is facing backlash from fellow Republicans about how he has addressed statewide pandemic rules and how he executed his power in office. Only time will tell how things pan out in the state of Texas.

Do you think that Texas is currently in a state where facemasks are no longer needed? Do you think that we’ve had enough vaccines administered that the population can go without wearing mask covering their nose and mouth?

While I don’t think that we’re there yet, I know when we do reach a point when the face mask mandate will be lifted, a lot of people will still continue to wear the masks. When you’re doing something for such a long time and it’s in place to make you feel safe and protect your health, I think it’ll be difficult for the community to abandon that way of life, at least at first. 

I still see your face masks happening for years to come even when the pandemic ends in the future. It’s a way of life in the US now and I think that people here will start to treat face masks as much of the eastern world does, wearing them when they’re ill and for other reasons.

Face masks are here to stay in my opinion, though I still think that it’s a right people have the decision to make for themselves after the pandemic ends.

What do you think?

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