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Texas Lifts Mask Mandate Despite Dire Warnings About Fourth Wave

  • Move ‘will kill Texans,’ says Texas Democratic Party chief
  • President Biden says it’s ‘not the time to let our guard down’
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate and other anti-pandemic restrictions, defying warnings from health officials about the perils of dropping those precautions too soon.

Effective March 10, all businesses will be allowed to open at full capacity, Abbott said during a media briefing in Lubbock on Tuesday. Although his executive order allows counties to reimpose anti-virus rules should hospitalizations surge, it forbids them from jailing or fining scofflaws.