Local officials blast Texas governor for ending mask mandate, business restriction

Houston: Mayors and county judges in some of Texas’ largest urban areas criticized Gov. Greg Abbott over his decision to lift the statewide face mask mandate next week, saying it contradicts health officials’ advice as infections continue to spread throughout the state.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a fellow Republican, called Abbott’s order “premature” and asked him to allow more people to get the vaccine.

City and county officials urged residents in their areas to still follow recommendations from health experts and officials that call for wearing face masks in public.

In addition to lifting the mask mandate next week, Abbott will allow businesses to operate at full capacity.

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