Just minutes after California announced that seven counties — including San Francisco — were being allowed to reopen further due to dropped Covid-19 numbers, Governor Gavin Newsom excoriated a Tuesday decision by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to lift that state’s mask mandate.
Sharing an Associated Press story on Twitter, Newsom wrote simply, “Absolutely reckless.”
BREAKING: Texas is lifting its mask mandate, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Greg Abbott has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, imposed eight months ago. https://t.co/WHPLWzf9jF
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 2, 2021
Newsom, a Democrat, and Abbott, a Republican, have some things in common. They are the governors of the two most populous states in the nation. They have also both recently dealt with unparalleled natural disasters — wildfires in CA and snow across TX — while simultaneously confronting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Newsom, criticized for one of America’s longest and most stringent lockdowns. Abbott was attacked by many in his own party for the mask mandate and other restrictions. Both have been lifting restrictions of late. Newsom announced a plan on Monday to reopen TK-2nd grade classrooms by April 1. Abbott today repealed the mask restriction as well as rules that limit the number of diners or customers allowed indoors.
“Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility,” said Abbott, speaking from a crowded dining room in Lubbock. “It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed,” he said.
It’s a puzzling contention given that, according to Johns Hopkins University, Texas now has the highest number of daily new Covid cases in the country.
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