reinstate the mask mandate in Texas

reinstate the mask mandate in Texas

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josi nwaugha started this petition to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott and

As we all know, Covid has put a wedge in our personal lives, as well as our business and job lives. Combined with the extreme temperatures that tampered with multiple regions of the U.S, 2021 has started on a rocky road. Especially in Texas, where wintery weather has ravaged homes and electricity. More than three million Texans went without electricity, as a result of their living spaces not being equipped for snowy weather. This, combined with the global pandemic, has put Texas in a stormy situation, one where a reversal of the lockdown/mask mandate will definitely make things worse instead of better. In order to make a change in Covid stats, we should stop governor Abbot from removing the mask mandate and continue to double up on wearing masks and social distancing. This social distancing system is clearly working, if you were to take a look at covid stats, deaths have actually gone down as the system has kept on, and removing it will indeed make things worse instead of better.

This Tuesday, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, announced that he will rescind most of his orders from the mask mandate starting March 10th. This is sure to hurt Texan families instead of trying to help them and their businesses. He has stated that all businesses will be allowed to open, and at 100%. Health experts have stated that relaxing restrictions too early could lead to another surge, and along with new variants popping up, this hypothesis is more likely. And as history’s shown us, relaxation of covid restrictions usually lead to another spike in Covid-19.


In giving the whole of Texas an extreme sense of self-will, Governor Abbot is raising concern of an impeding disaster. This means letting counties get away with not enforcing mask wearing, which in turn will lead to more spikes in Covid-19. This extreme relaxation undermines all of the progress that the U.S has made in fighting the virus, and may put Texas back to square one. It mainly sabotages the extreme lengths that hospital workers as well as people on the front lines have done to help slow the virus, and even if a few counties heavily adhere to these new guidelines, this will eventually hurt all of Texas. It is rash to go head on with loosening mask mandates as deaths are still being counted.


This mandate is a bad idea, not just for Texas itself, but mainly for its citizens. Covid is not gone and a 100% business opening system is guaranteed to make things worse. This will be a problem especially with spring break around the corner, and Covid still averaging about 200 deaths daily in Texas alone. Especially in spring break cities, such as Houston, Galveston, Austin, and Corpus Christi, these places could and will be jampacked with hundreds of people, and without Covid-19 restrictions, this is sure to end in more cases. Texas is already the biggest state to reopen, and the impending holidays will make things worse for Texans. The virus is far from over, and opening businesses at 100% capacity is going to backfire on Texas and its inhabitants. With all the success in managing the virus, wouldn’t opening up at 100% dispel everything that Texas has been able to accomplish?


In short, please sign this plea to help keep the people of Texas safe, with all the power blockouts going on, this should be the least of their worries.  And yet, less than two weeks later after the blockouts started, this predicament happens. Please sign this petition to let Governor Abbot know that this is not a good idea. The reinstation of this mandate is sure to save lots of Texans. God bless Texas:)

 


links to articles where i got my information!!

https://www.texastribune.org/series/coronavirus-texas-cases-san-antonio/
https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83 
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2021/02/16/ercot-says-they-have-no-idea-when-texas-power-outages-will-end/ 
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/texas-biggest-us-state-lift-covid-19-mask-76208428 
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/us/texas-governor-mask-mandate/index.html
https://www.tripstodiscover.com/best-places-in-texas-to-visit-on-spring-break/ 

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