Cynthia M. Allen: Here’s why Gov. Abbott’s order on masks won’t make Texas the ‘Wild West’ of COVID-19

Late last month, after Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley renewed the county mask order and told me he hoped he’d be in a position to lift it by July 4, I doubted that many Texans would wait that long. But life comes at you fast. Less than a week later, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the “reopening of Texas” by lifting state capacity limits on businesses and the masking requirement, effective March 10. Whitley wasted no time in following suit, canceling the county mask mandate effective immediately. Talk about a change of heart. Whitley’s move may have been in part because Abbott removed local auth…

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