Unless if you’ve been living under a rock. you have probably heard about the two COVID related mandates issued by Governor Abbott. These mandates, which go into effect Wednesday, deal with business capacity, and the other with masks in public.
The first part allows all business to operate at 100% capacity. I will admit that I have concerns regarding what I feel may be a rush to open businesses too quickly. This concern is compounded by the fact that Coronavirus cases in Texas have started trending upward as of recently. While I do worry that this measure may be too extreme, I definitely realize that the financial impact of the virus has been devastating for many business. This is especially true for those in the service industry, one of the areas in which the economic recovery has been slowest. In spite of concerns, I understand there is absolutely a strong case to be made for businesses to reopen in order to help the economy.
The repealing of the requirement to wear masks in public, however, is a completely separate issue. There is absolutely no significant economic impact by this action by the governor. If anything, it will hinder Texas’ ability to rein in COVID cases. Without a continued trend in reduction of cases, our state will continue to suffer economic consequences due to people’s concerns over contracting the virus.
I have a simple, plain stated request of my readers. It may be a little crude. OK, very crude. The point is clear though. Please heed this advice when in public, as it will help in maintaining both physical and economic health.
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