JOE Biden says plans to end mandatory face masks in two states is “a big mistake” – and blasted governors for “neanderthal thinking”.
Biden warned the lifting of mandatory masks in Texas and Mississippi is a ‘big mistake’Credit: The Mega Agency
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said his office is now focused on the vaccine rolloutCredit: AP:Associated Press
Governor Abbott announced that he is rescinding executive orders in TexasCredit: AP:Associated Press
“I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference,” he added, according to The Hill.
“We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms.”
He continued: “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask, forget it,” he said. “It still matters.”
“We will not have everybody vaccinated until sometime in the summer.”
Biden said people should continue wearing masks, washing their hands and distancing from others as vaccines are rolled out.
“I know you all know that,” he said to reporters. “I wish to heck some of our elected officials knew it.”
Biden said people should continue wearing masks, washing their hands and distancing from others as vaccines are rolled outCredit: AP:Associated Press
Vehicles line up for drive-thru Covid-19 testing in El Paso, TexasCredit: AP:Associated Press
People wearing protective masks wait in line for free hand sanitizer outside a supermarket in Jackson, Mississippi,Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Yesterday both Texas and Mississippi have separately declared they will lift statewide mask mandates and give businesses the green light to open at full capacity.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that his state’s executive order will come into effect on March 10.
Abbott said: “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent.
“Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed.”
Meanwhile, Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi wrote on Twitter: “Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules.
“Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!”
Meanwhile the move to abolish state-wide mask wearing in Texas has been branded “absolutely reckless” by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
After news broke over the weekend that a third vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, had been approved for emergency use, states began to speed up their reopening plans.