June 13, 2024

The Texas governor banned the masking orders of state public schools and local governments

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“Texans, not the government, must determine their best health practices so that masks are not enforced by public school districts or government agencies. We can mitigate COVID-19 while protecting the independence of the Texans,” Abbott said in a news release.

The administrative order allows public schools to continue with current masked guidelines until June 4; However, after June 4, no student, teacher, parent or staff will be required to wear the mask on a school basis.

Local governments or officials who attempt to impose a mask order could face fines of up to $ 1,000 from May 21, the release said.

However, the order exempts pro-government living centers, state-owned or operated hospitals, the Department of Judicial Facilities and district and municipal prisons.

The governor’s order comes less than a week after it was released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Improved guidance to allow vaccinated people In most cases it should be outside and inside without masks. Other states have changed Roll out the mask commands again In recent weeks, New York, California and Michigan have announced that they are raising such demand.
Texas Removed its statewide mask order On March 2nd. A week later, Texas All kinds of businesses Were allowed to open to 100% capacity.

Abbott has previously come out against local Texas officials who enforced mask orders. In late April 2020, the governor thwarted Harris County officials who tried to fine him for not wearing a mask.

Last year, it was Texas One of the earliest states to reopen Following a nationwide corona virus shutdown in March and April, Abbott allowed his executive order to expire on May 1 of that year.

In June 2020, the Abbott government announced that it was moving to its third phase – meaning “all businesses in Texas can operate up to 50% capacity, with very few exceptions.” On June 12, Abbott stressed that “there is no real need to start a business in the state because cases are on the rise in the state” because we have a lot of hospital beds for anyone who is sick. “

Texas will also end the weekly fed 300 weekly federal incentive Abbott announced Monday for state unemployment benefits and two non-communicable unemployment benefits – joining at least 19 other GOP-led states in dropping federal expanded benefits over the past two weeks.
Abbott sent one Letter On Monday, the Department of Labor announced on June 26 that the government was withdrawing from federal programs. The Century Foundation estimates that this will affect more than 1.3 million unemployed residents.

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