Gregg Popovich Rips Texas Governor Greg Abbott

AUSTIN TX- MAY 18  Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol

AUSTIN TX- MAY 18 Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol

Greg Abbott (R) has unveiled a plan to reopen all businesses, and ended the mask mandate in his state.

Abbott's latest directive will go into effect on Wednesday, March 10.

"It is now time to open Texas 100%", the Republican said on Tuesday.

"Also, I am ending the statewide mask mandate".

In a surprising decision, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday (March 2) announced that Texas is lifting its mask mandate. Of course they want to open up.

The governor's Texas Independence Day announcement comes less than two weeks after winter storms knocked out power and water for millions of Texans statewide during sub-freezing temperatures, and many have still not had services restored.

"The fact that things are headed in the right direction doesn't mean we have succeeded in eradicating the risk", said Dr Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of integrative biology and director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium, was quoted as saying by AP.

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While there has been plenty of pressure placed on Abbott to start opening up the state, his move on Tuesday is one many Texas officials and health experts believe is a risky one - something that Popovich believes is very premature and will undoubtedly lead to more cases and deaths.

Businesses are able to limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols if they choose to do so.

"To be clear, COVID has not, like, suddenly disappeared", Abbott cautioned during a press conference at a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday. It's only a small piece of cloth that's needed.

Now, local residents fear the thousands of tourists who will probably descend on the state, just in time for Spring Break. "Now we are putting our focus toward rapid vaccine distribution".

According to a Reuters tally, roughly 68,240 new cases have been reported on average each day this week, or 27% of the peak daily average reached on January 7.

On Tuesday, Abbott said all businesses will be able to open next Wednesday at 100 percent capacity, while face masks will no longer be necessary.

"It puts a lot of businesses in a tough spot, I think", Popovich said.

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