May 19, 2021
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order banning the enforcement of mask wearing in the state, and will issue fines of up to $1000 to any official who attempts to do so.
The order will come into full effect on June 4th and will apply everywhere, including in schools, with the only exceptions being hospitals and prisons.
As of May 21st the fines can be issued to any government entity that attempts to make people in the state wear a face mask.
Abbot said that “Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities.”
TX is prohibiting mask mandates by gov’t entities.
Starting May 21, local govts attempting to impose mask mandates can be fined up to $1K.
We're also prohibiting public schools from mandating masks after June 4.
Texans, not gov’t, should decide their best health practices. pic.twitter.com/M7iN4sLBJV
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 18, 2021
Abbot has been pushing to permanently scrap face masks for some time now, along with other restrictions, which were lifted back in March.
At the time, Joe Biden and the leftist media labelled the move “Neanderthal thinking”:
NEW: President Biden calls Texas and Mississippi decisions to end mask mandates “a big mistake" and criticizes what he views as “Neanderthal thinking” after CDC warned against complacency in the face of emerging coronavirus variants on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Mmdln3gNG6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 3, 2021
The stats tell a different story, however.