Texas sheds coronavirus mask, occupancy restrictions

By Brad Brooks LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) – Texans awoke on Wednesday with a statewide mask mandate and occupancy restrictions in businesses lifted, a move some heralded as freedom and others as foolishness. On paper, Texas’ rollback of coronavirus mitigation efforts is the most sweeping seen in the United States, along with a similar measure in Mississippi. In practice, vast swaths of Texas have rarely enforced mask or occupancy mandates in the past year, anyway. Several major retailers, grocery and restaurant chains in Texas said they would still require that masks be worn in their stores, whi…

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