Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the Texas mask mandate and allow businesses to open at 100% capacity is facing a lot of criticism. Some health experts believe relaxing restrictions could lead to another surge of COVID-19 cases.
“Removing state mandates does not end personal responsibility and caring for your family members, friends, and others in your community,” said Abbott. “People and businesses don’t need the state telling them how to operate.”
Not only is Abbott getting pushback from the medical community and local elected officials, but he is also getting blasted by one of his most famous constituents. Houston resident Bun B addressed the governor on Instagram.
“This is bat s### crazy @govabbott and you know it. As if you didn’t already have enough blood on your hands. SMFH,” wrote Bun B on IG. The Hip Hop veteran was also likely referring to the recent winter storm in Texas that led to dozens of deaths.
The number of new COVID-19 positive tests has declined nationally over the last few weeks, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still warning states not to ease restrictions. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky recently said, “Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained.”