A Texas school district immediately capitalized on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) Tuesday announcement rescinding the state's mask mandate, declaring that masks would no longer be required for school.
Abbott on Tuesday afternoon proclaimed that the state would be rolling back statewide COVID-19 restrictions, including mask requirements.
What are the details?
Following Abbott's announcement, the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District stated that it, too, would rescind its district-wide mask mandate beginning March 10.
A statement from the district reads, "Lubbock-Cooper ISD has been in compliance with Governor Abbott's order regarding facial coverings, GA-29. As of Wednesday, March 10, order GA-29 is rescinded, and the State of Texas will no longer require individuals to wear facial coverings. Accordingly, Lubbock-Cooper ISD will no longer require individuals to wear facial coverings."
The district noted that any students, staff, or faculty who wish to continue wearing masks may do so.
"In following the guidance of Governor Abbott and other state officials, the district will continue to adhere to all mandates as written and will not impose any additional restrictions," the statement continued. "The district will continue disease mitigation practices, including frequent hand washing and enhanced cleaning processes. Additional information regarding COVID-19 guidelines will be provided by campus administrators in the coming days."
In Tuesday remarks, Abbott stated, "Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent. So today, I'm issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100 percent. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I'm ending the statewide mask mandate."
“Today's announcement does not abandon the safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year," he pointed out. “Instead, it's a reminder that each person has their own role to play in their own personal safety as well as in the safety of others. It's a reminder that individual safety is managed every day as a matter of personal responsibility rather than by government mandate. Individual responsibility is a corollary to individual freedom, we can have both."
“Texans should continue following medical advice on preventing COVID just as they do on other medical issues," Abbott noted. “That is exactly how Texans were able to deal with infectious diseases in the past, like H1N1. They followed safe practices, and they got medical treatment when it was needed."
Abbott's executive order will go into effect on March 10.
NEW: Issuing an executive order to lift the mask mandate and open Texas to 100 percent. https://t.co/P4UywmWeuN— Gov. Greg Abbott (@Gov. Greg Abbott)1614715821.0
(H/T: The Daily Wire)