Texas Gov. Abbott Exec Order: No Face Mask Mandates, Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements By Local Authorities

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With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Texas, what did Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) just do? (Photo by ... [+] Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

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Remember that Seinfeld TV episode when George Costanza continued to do the opposite of what you’d expect someone to do? Well, Governor Greg Abbott (R) is not exactly like Costanza, isn’t unemployed, and may not live with his parents. But what did the Texas Governor just do with Covid-19 coronavirus cases on the rise in Texas? How about issuing a new Executive Order that makes it harder for local officials to limit capacities at businesses, require face mask use, or require Covid-19 vaccination?

Yep, that’s what Abbott did on Thursday as you can see from the following tweet:

Hmm, a potentially deadly virus is spreading throughout the state, fueled by the more contagious Delta variant. But Abbott still indicated that “Texans will decide for themselves whether they'll wear masks & open businesses. Vaccines are the best defense & will always remain voluntary.” Is that a bit like a fire chief saying, “People in the middle of a wildfire will decide for themselves whether they will stay away from the flames and surround themselves with kindling wood. Water is the best defense and will always remain voluntary.”

That same day, Abbott had also tweeted that “Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent & avoid the spread of #COVID19”:

What exactly does such “mastered” look like? Well, based on data from the state, only 52.44% of those currently eligible for Covid-19 vaccines have been fully vaccinated. So if there’s something that you’re able to do about half the time, does that mean that you’ve mastered it as in, “I’ve mastered this whole baking a cake thing with 52.44% of it is being edible?”

Meanwhile, since July 6, the seven-day moving average of new confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases each day has been steadily moving upwards, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services website. On Wednesday, the number of new confirmed cases exceeded 10,000 for the first time since February 9. Covid-19 hospitalizations went above 5,000 for the first time since March 4 too.

Speaking of hospitalizations, a tweet from Matt Larger, Projects Editor at the NPR station at Austin, Texas, pointed out how local officials may no longer be able to impose Covid-19 precautions even if hospitalizations were getting out of hand in their area:

Telling individuals that they have the right to do whatever they want may sound good to the individuals. But what if you did that for other contexts? Why are there rules and regulations that people have to wear clothes, can’t just take anything they want to take, and not pee on tables in restaurants? What if you said, “people have mastered the idea of wearing clothes, not stealing, and controlling their urine. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their pants whether they will wear them, open their pants, and engage in any peeing activities.” How would things go then in a state with no rules or regulations?

The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is still an emergency. During an emergency, you either have to have a central authority responding to the emergency or grant authority to the local jurisdictions to respond as needed. You can’t have neither. That would be like telling a football team, the coach isn’t going to anything about this Super Bowl thing but you players can’t do anything either. That would be the opposite of what you should be doing.

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