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.