Several Texas colleges and universities to keep people wearing face masks after Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to lift the statewide mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions.
Those campuses and institutes continue to make masks mandatory as COVID-19 continues to spread across the state and Houston became the first city to record cases of all major COVID-19 strains.
According to the latest reports for March 3, only 7.5% of Texans have been fully vaccinated- a level far below the recommended threshold level for lifting safety restrictions. Local leaders aren’t happy with Abbott’s decision, saying the order came too early and will cost peoples’ lives.
Austin Community College, Baylor University, Paris Junior College, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern University, the Texas A&M University System, Trinity University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at El Paso to continue following COVID-19 guidelines — which include mask mandates.