Tell Governor Abbott: Covid is still a threat - mandate masks in Texas

Tell Governor Abbott: Covid is still a threat - mandate masks in Texas

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Sarah Garza started this petition to Governor Abbott and

Dear Governor Abbott,


We write to you today regarding your recent decision to rescind the precautions that have been in place in Texas for many months, including the statewide mask mandate, and the requirement that businesses operate at reduced capacity in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


As I’m sure you’re aware, Texas has suffered terribly during the COVID-19 pandemic, having had over two million residents test positive for the disease, and having lost nearly forty-five thousand Texans in the last year. Further, our great state continues to have residents test positive at a rate of over seven thousand per day, and most tragically we continue to lose over two hundred precious lives every single day.


Like you, we are very excited about the miraculous development of vaccines by brilliant American scientists, and are very optimistic about having all of our residents vaccinated and a return of our society to normal. We look forward to visiting restaurants, going to movie theaters, and generally enjoying all of the benefits Texas has to offer. 


Unfortunately, today is not that day. As the governor, I know your health officials have informed you that COVID infections and deaths are once again rising in Texas. Too many families again face the prospect of having an empty chair at the dinner table. Hundreds of families, every single day, are told they will have to bury their loved ones and face the prospect of life without them. And all of that for no good reason. 


Simple precautions like masks, and reduced capacity at indoor environments, help dramatically reduce the spread of this dreadful disease. Look at the evidence from other states. In states where masks are worn, and people don’t congregate indoors, the burden of COVID-19 is substantially lower. Are these measures perfect? Not at all. But they are simple and easily followed and could save thousands of lives of ordinary Texans.


Please. We beg you to reconsider this ill-advised order.

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