Saturday, March 6, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

 

As if the pandemic is officially over and against the advisement of Federal health officials, Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. 

"With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. 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. (Are you fucking kidding me?  I have seen my fair share of "Texans" who have totally ignored "safe practices" since the pandemic began.)  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".   

This is exactly that kind of rhetoric that Covid deniers have used since the pandemic started - that mandates put in place for the health of all interfered with individual personal freedom.  In other news - I am scheduled for my first shot on Monday.

10 comments:

Hachita said...

Great news on the shot!

John Wells said...

Bad news for Texas, out country, and the world.

Kris said...

Thank goodness you're getting your 1st shot! Texas is so screwed right now.

rj said...

Time for new leadership in Texas. Even the Republicans are getting tired of "Trump" emulators. In this case Abbott and Cruz are fighting for pole position in the 2024 Presidential race. Abbott's going for VP and Cruz wants the top spot. Same goes for the Florida gov.

Steve said...

The party of "pro-life," huh?

Brian said...

We can't stay locked down forever. The problems caused by the lockdowns will far surpass those caused by covid. A destroyed economy, a generation of children who have been left behind in school and suffering from immense mental health issues. Suicide rates, drug overdoses have all gone up during the past year. Cancer screenings and necessary medical procedures canceled which will result in needless death. If your waiting for covid to disappear you'll be waiting forever. We've got to accept it and live with it just like we do with a myriad of other issues of life and death on daily basis. Thank God we have the ability to come up with vaccines and therapeutics to help in this fight.

Marvey Hushman said...

No better here in Montana. The inmates are running the asylum.

Off Grid Research said...

I believe he did it to draw the attention away from all the power outage problems with the big winter stream freeze.
I can kinda see the 100% for businesses but lifting the mask mandate... STUPID!
Professional Losers!!

Off Grid Research said...

Damn auto spell... Correction 'big winter storm freeze'

Zole said...

Big mistake Texas!