Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that his statewide pandemic restrictions that were imposed last year, including his statewide mask mandate and capacity restrictions, will end on March 10. He said, "It is now time to open Texas 100%. Every business that wants to open should be open."
Abbott made this announcement while he visited small business owners in Lubbock. He said for nearly half a year, most businesses have been open at only 50-75% capacity.
His new executive order effective next Wednesday allows all businesses who are trying to open to open at 100% capacity and lifts his previous order requiring Texans to cover their faces.
All business places including restaurants, event venues, and bars, can open with 100% capacity.
Businesses do not need to make masks mandatory for customers, but they can come up with their mask requirements.
The order gives the power to businesses that still want to make masks mandatory can continue doing so. That means, they may or may not refuse customers to offer service.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities must continue following guidance from the state's health and human services.
Schools are being told to follow guidance from the Texas Education Agency.