States across the USA announced their plans this week to ease CoVID regulations as cases drop and millions of Americans receive doses of three different vaccines to end the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Massachusetts on Monday made it much easier to grab dinner and a show. In Missouri, where individual communities get to make the rules, the two biggest metropolitan areas — St. Louis and Kansas City — are relaxing some measures. Iowa’s governor recently lifted mask requirements and limits on the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants, while the town of Lawrence, home to the University of Kansas, now lets establishments stay open until midnight,” reports the Associated Press.
“The push to reopen comes as COVID-19 vaccine shipments to the states are ramping up. Nearly 20% of the nation’s adults — or over 50 million people — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 10% have been fully inoculated 2 1/2 months into the campaign to snuff out the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” adds the AP.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially ended his state’s mask-mandate Tuesday afternoon; saying all businesses of any type can reopen at 100% capacity starting next Wednesday.
“Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I’m ending the statewide mask mandate,” said the Governor.
“People and businesses don’t need the state telling them how to operate,” Abbott said.
“Today Texas will report a new one day record for the number of people receiving vaccines—more than 216,000,” he tweeted. “We are now providing more than 1 million vaccines a week. This is a big reason why hospitalizations are at the lowest level in four months.”