On Tuesday, Texas became the largest state to lift its mask rule, joining a rapidly growing movement of U.S. governors and other leaders to ease COVID-19 restrictions, despite requests from health officials not to back down.
Lone Star State will also lift restrictions on the number of dinners that can be served indoors, said Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who announced this at a Lubbock restaurant.
The governors of Michigan, Mississippi and Louisiana also made it easy for bars, restaurants and other businesses on Tuesday, as did the mayor of San Francisco.
“Removing mandates at the state level does not eliminate personal responsibility,” Abot said, referring to a crowded dining room where many of those around him were not wearing masks. “It’s just that state mandates are no longer needed now.”
One year after the Year of the Year, American politicians are tired of the rules designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than half a million people in the United States. Some places eliminate infection control measures. in other places people ignore them.
Senior health officials, including the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, responded by repeatedly urging people not to risk another deadly wave of the infection, as the nation makes progress on vaccination, a victory over the outbreak is visible.
In the last two months, US cases have dropped by more than 70%, to an average of almost 250,000 new infections per day, while the average daily death rate has fallen by about 40% since mid-January.
But in the last two days, the two curves have plummeted, even slightly increased, and the numbers are still at alarmingly high levels, averaging about 2,000 deaths և 68,000 a day. Health officials are increasingly concerned about mutations in the virus.
“We are facing a complete loss of the land we have earned,” CDC Director Dr Rochelle Valensky warned on Monday.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
Over the weekend, a bar in Indianapolis was filled with masked patrons. People in Southern California waited in the parking lot for a shopping spree at Disneyland in Downtown, Disneyland, late Saturday afternoon. (Theme trips remain closed). Florida is preparing to meet the students during the spring break.
“People want to stay safe, but at the same time, fatigue has already hit,” said Ryan Luke, who meets in Eagle, Idaho over the weekend to encourage people to sponsor businesses that do not require masks. “We just want to live an almost normal life.”
Michael Jun was against the mask mandate when officials in Branson, Missouri, passed by saying he had not used it at his Lost Boys Barber Company. He said he was sick of it.
“I think it’s all a joke,” he said. “They said from the beginning that this was going to take a month, they pushed it out forever. “It should have been done a long time ago.”
The well-to-do mayor of San Francisco, London Bid, said California had given the go-ahead for the reopening of closed cafeterias, cinemas and gyms.
“You can enjoy your city, right here, right now,” he said of Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the city’s largest tourist destinations. He added. “We’re not where we need to be yet, but we’re getting there, San Francisco.”
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he would be relinquishing many of the masked mandates and removing many other restrictions, including restaurant bans.
“The regional administration is resigning to tell people what it can and cannot do,” said the Republican.
Florida, which is preparing for spring break travelers flocking to its grassy beaches, is considered an “active outbreak” along with Connecticut, Delaware, warehousing, along with New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and South Carolina, according to CovidActNow.
Florida Gov. Rick Desantis made it clear in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he welcomes more visitors to Florida as he wants to keep the state economy afloat.
Florida mayors impose their own mask rules, curfews, beach access, and some restrictions on bars and restaurants, but for some, there are no such measures.
Miami Beach masks will be required indoors, will be limited to the number of people allowed on the beach, as well as in bars and restaurants.
“If you want to have parties without restrictions, then go somewhere else. Go to Vegas, ”said Raimi Agila, manager of Miami Beach City, during a recent virtual meeting. “We will have zero tolerance for that behavior.”
In Michigan, a group called All Business Is Essential has resisted Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s viral policies, with many people ignoring mask requirements and other means.
“At some point you have to look in the mirror and say, ‘Do I want to live a zero-risk life?’ She said. “It simply came to our notice then. “People have stopped living for a year, at what cost?”
“I think everyone wants things to come back to normal,” says Aubrey D. En Enkins, the South Carolina Columbia Fire Chief, whose quote gives tens of $ 100 every weekend to philanthropists who refuse to wear or keep a mask. their distance. “But we still have to be really careful.”
Associated Press writers Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida; Anila Yoganatan in Tucker, Georgia; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi; Mich on Flasher Travers, Michigan; Heather Hollingsworth in Mississippi, Kansas; Rebecca Bun Budham, Idaho; Ricardo Alonso-ald Aldivar in Washington; Melinda Deslat in Button Rouge, Louisiana; Ie are in Har San Francisco; Է David Egert in Lansing, Michigan, contributed to this story.