Well, the time has finally come where certain states are officially lifting COVID-19 protocols. States like Texas and Mississippi are both abolishing their mask mandates and opening to full capacity for all businesses, facilities, and services. Yes, this means all sports stadiums, concert halls, and other significant venues will be open to the public without any restrictions. So, if you are ready to embrace the newfound freedom from past COVID-19 protocols, then Texas and Mississippi are the states to visit.
Texas Governor Gregory Abbott announced that this new change will take place starting March 10. Abbot's decision was declared in a statement, saying, "With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus." He further stated, "Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today's announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny."
On March 2, Mississippi decided to follow the same action and lift the state's mask mandates and give all businesses the permission to open at full capacity. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a statement saying, "We are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules." This is also taking place after COVID-19 cases in Louisiana have plummeted enough over the course of several months to move the state into Phase 3.
With vaccines serving as the true antidote
to combating this virus, states are not hesitating to open back up after seeing
their cases dropping at an enormous rate. As life slowly resumes back to normal as we
all know it, it is still vital to practice safe hygiene habits to ensure the safety
for all people. So if you are anticipating a spring break without restrictions
this year, Texas and Mississippi may just be the places for you.