Mask mandate ends as businesses allowed to open 100%

Texas mask mandate ends, businesses allowed to open 100%

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - For the first time since March of 2020 businesses in Texas will be allowed to fully re-open.

Gov. Gregg Abbott’s executive ordered, announced March 2, goes into effect today. Now all businesses in the state can fully-open and face masks are no longer mandated in public.

However, business owners still have the option to limit capacity inside establishments and require patrons to wear masks.

And if COVID-19 hospitalizations start to increase and make up for than 15% of all hospitalizations in a Trauma Service Area for seven-consecutive days, county judges can limit business capacity up to 50%.

In Lubbock, masks will still be required in City of Lubbock facilities and at city events. Those with the city will revisit the mask requirement by April 14.

Texas Tech, South Plains College, Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University and the Lubbock Independent School District will all keep current mask protocols. Schools throughout the state can also now decide on their own mask recommendations.

“We also have a situation where some of our facilities are, by federal law, required to have masks-- the airport, the transit system, Citibus,” Dan Pope, Lubbock mayor, said Tuesday. “So, for now, the city manager, that’s his decision, with our support. We will continue to look at that.”

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