Attaboy, Governor. – Texans and lovers of freedom all over the country are celebrating this morning after Governor Greg Abbott moved to lift his statewide mask order effective next Wednesday, March 10. He also moved to reopen all Texas schools, saying that the state’s Texas Education Agency would be issuing new guidelines shortly. No idea why he decided to wait a week before it becomes effective, but there it is.
BREAKING: ‘It is now time to open Texas 100%,’ Gov. Abbot says, reversing pandemic and mask orders | Just The News https://t.co/B5rdUIp0oR
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) March 2, 2021
Abbott’s new order [see text below] also lifts restrictions on capacity on restaurants, bars, churches and other places that host social gatherings and religious services.
However, the Governor did included two key caveats to his new order:
– Restrictions on capacity limits and mask-wearing can still be imposed by individual businesses; and
– County judges will still be able to impose their own limits in counties defined as “areas of high hospitalizations”, defined as ” any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients
as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, until such time as the Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15
percent or less.”
Several abusive Democrat county judges – like Dallas’s Clay Jenkins – immediately announced they will impose their own restrictions, and the sad thing is that we can be sure that Jenkins and his fellow demented Democrats will bully hospital officials to work to artificially inflate their numbers so they can keep them in place long past the time they no longer really meet that threshold.
Importantly, Abbott’s order denies these aspiring tinpot dictators the ability to assess penalties on violators of their clearly unconstitutional edicts, thus denying Jenkins the ability to toss more single-mother salon owners into the county lockup.
You can also bet the Texas news media will continue to do their part to help keep the Coronapanic going, because it has been good for ratings and because they’re all Democrats, too. The coverage of the Governor’s order on local TV here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area was mind-numbingly sensationalistic and absurd. But hey, no one should have expected any other kind of reaction from these sad people.
With this order, Abbott now finally joins Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in sensibly choosing freedom over deprivation, jobs over unemployment and the interests small businesses over those of big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, chains that have thrived during the pandemic restrictions. Abbott’s order also means that the two biggest Red states – the 2nd and 3rd largest by population – will now be open for business, along with other Red states like Iowa and South Dakota, whose Governor Kristi Noem reminded us all of just how late to this game Gov. Abbott really is:
South Dakota students have been learning IN THE CLASSROOM this entire school year.
It’s the best decision for their overall health. And it’s the best way that we can help them learn and grow for a lifetime of success.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 2, 2021
Oh, and we can now also add Mississippi to that list, as GOP Gov. Tate Reeves also moved to return that state back to business:
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 2, 2021
While there is no doubt that these Democrat county judges and many superintendents and school boards around Texas will continue to do everything they can to keep their restrictions in place, most Texans are going to have a very low tolerance level for those who cling to their brainwashed mindset about the virus. While many will criticize Governor Abbott for being slow to move an perhaps not quite bold enough with his new order, this is without question an extremely impactful move that will make it infinitely more difficult for Democrat officials to keep their own restrictions in place.
We’ve been cowering in fear in our homes for far too long.
God Bless Texas.
Here is the text of Governor Abbott’s order:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and
authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, and in
accordance with guidance from medical advisors, do hereby order the following on a
statewide basis effective at 12:01 a.m. on March IO, 2021:
1. In all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations as defined below:
a. there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other
b. individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and
mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from
another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by
any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.
“Area with high hospitalizations” means any Trauma Service Area that has had
seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients
as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, until such time as
the Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number of
COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15
percent or less. A current list of areas with high hospitalization~ will be
maintained at www.dshs.texas.gov/ga3031.
2. In any county located in an area with high hospitalizations as defined above:
a. there are no state-imposed COVID-19-related operating limits for any
business or other establishment;
b. there is no state-imposed requirement to wear a face covering; and
c. the county judge may use COVID-19-related mitigation strategies; provided,
1. business and other establishments may not be required to operate at less
than 50 percent of total occupancy, with no operating limits allowed to be
imposed for religious services (including those conducted in churches,
congregations, and houses of worship), public and private schools and
institutions of higher education, and child-care services;
11. no jurisdiction may impose confinement in jail as a penalty for violating
any order issued in response to COVID-19; and
iii. no jurisdiction may impose a penalty of any kind for failure to wear a face
covering or failure to mandate that customers or employees wear face
coverings, except that a legally authorized official may act to enforce
trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business
establishment or other property owner.
3. In providing or obtaining services, every person (including individuals, businesses,
and other legal entities) is strongly encouraged to use good-faith efforts and
available resources to follow the Texas Department of State Health Services
(DSHS) health recommendations, found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
4. Nothing in this executive order precludes businesses or other establishments from
requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including
the wearing of a face covering.
5. Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long
term care facilities should follow guidance from the Texas Health and Human
Services Commission (HHSC) regarding visitations, and should follow infection
control policies and practices set forth by HHSC, including minimizing the
movement of staff between facilities whenever possible.
6. Public schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health
protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency. Private
schools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to establish similar
7. County and municipal jails should follow guidance from the Texas Commission on
Jail Standards regarding visitations.
8. Executive Orders GA-17, GA-25, GA-29, and GA-31 are rescinded in their entirety.
9. This executive order shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials
in response to the COVID-19 disaster, but only to the extent that such a local order
restricts services allowed by this executive order or allows gatherings restricted by
this executive order. Pursuant to Section 418.0 I 6(a) of the Texas Government
Code, I hereby suspend Sections 418. l 0 I 5(b) and 418. l 08 of the Texas Government
Code, Chapter 81, Subchapter E of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and any other
relevant statutes, to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not impose
restrictions in response to the COVID-19 disaster that are inconsistent with this
executive order, provided that local officials may enforce this executive order as
well as local restrictions that are consistent with this executive order.
10. All existing state executive orders relating to COVID-19 are amended to eliminate
confinement in jail as an available penalty for violating the executive orders. To the
extent any order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster
would allow confinement in jail as an available penalty for violating a COVID-19-
related order, that order allowing confinement in jail is superseded, and I hereby
suspend all relevant laws to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not
confine people in jail for violating any executive order or local order issued in
response to the COVID- 19 disaster.
This executive order supersedes Executive Orders GA- 17, GA-25, GA-29, GA-31, and
GA-32, but does not supersede Executive Orders GA-10 or GA- 13. This executive order
shall remain in effect and in full force unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or
superseded by the governor. This executive order may also be amended by proclamation
of the governor.
That is all.
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