WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday his intentions to fully reopen the state of Texas.
“It’s time to open Texas.” said the governor of Texas during a live press conference.
The state governor’s newest executive order, GA-34, reverses prior executive orders used to regulate business capacity and face mask wearing protocols. Abbott said state mandates are no longer needed but citizens should continue following medical advice. Under this order, businesses can decide limiting capacity and other safety restrictions the owner sees fit.
However, Wichita Falls and Wichita County leaders are not all on the same page about the governor’s announcement.
“I think it’s easy to sit here on this couch and say the governor’s making a mistake or the governor should have done this sooner. It’s just like I tell citizens he’s privy to a lot more information than we a lot more numbers than we get, he’s making a decision based on numbers, " said Stephen Santellana, Mayor of Wichita Falls.
According to Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District officials, less than two percent of Texans have been vaccinated, which they say is not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Healthy college age individuals that are going to be on spring break or those young families that are traveling on spring break are not the individuals that we vaccinated those that we vaccinated are elderly population and you don’t see a lot of them going on spring break,” said Lou Krediler, Director Wichita County Public Health District.
During the governor’s press conference, he states that if counties see an increase in hospitalization, judges have the right to step in.
“I have that power under very limited circumstances. My issue with the governor is he needs to allow local officials to make the decisions for their communities,” said Woody Gossom, Wichita County Judge.
The reopening begins Wednesday, March 10 per the governor’s executive order.
You can view Governor Greg Abbott’s full executive order here.
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