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Mississippi and Texas to lift mask mandates and roll back COVID restrictions


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The CDC has cautioned states about opening up too quickly and the negative effects it could have on the economy. Texas and Mississippi governors announced on Tuesday, they would be lifting their states’ mask mandates and rolling back many of their Covid-19 health mandates.

When the virus first emerged and restrictions started, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves thought the restrictions put in place to protect the public health were “unprecedented” and needed to be lifted as soon as possible. As of Wednesday businesses in Mississippi will be able to resume full operations without any state interference and residents will no longer be subject to county mask mandates.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that will allow all businesses to fully reopen as of next Wednesday,  March 10, and it will repeal the statewide mask mandate on the same day.

“It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed,” he said.

The end of the mask mandate makes Texas, population 29 million, the largest state to end a rule aimed to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

As states reduce restrictions, President Biden and his team on Tuesday said that he expects the U.S. will have enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine to vaccinate all American adults by the end of May, after the FDA granted emergency use authorization to Johnson & Johnson for its vaccine.