[Ed. – Saw on Twitter that Mississippi will shortly follow suit. Others with Republican governors will no doubt follow. Abbott’s order is to go into effect next Wednesday, although my guess is everyone who needs time to prepare for this has already done so.]
Abbott issued an executive order that rescinds many of the state’s previous orders, allowing all businesses in the state to fully reopen and revoking the statewide mask mandate as of next Wednesday.
“To be clear, COVID has not, like, suddenly disappeared,” Abbott cautioned during a press conference at a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday. “COVID still exists in Texas, the United States and across the globe, but it is clear from the recoveries, the vaccinations, from the reduced hospitalizations and from the safe practices Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.”