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The Republican governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, announced on March 2 that he would lift mask mandates starting today in Mississippi.

The state of Mississippi will also return to operation at full capacity, meaning that all businesses will open back up.

“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,” Governor Reeves said in a tweet. “Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!”

Governor Reeves shared that Mississippi is among the few states that were the most open during this pandemic. 

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He said that they would be focusing on quickly distributing vaccines as a state, and stop telling businesses what they can and can’t do.

“Executive orders that interfered with peoples’ lives were the worst, but the only possible, intervention for much of the last year,” Governor Reeves tweeted. “Now, we are putting our focus towards rapid vaccine distribution. We are getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do.”

The Mississippi governor’s announcement comes only hours after Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he is lifting Texas’s mask mandate, effective next week.

Governor Abbott took to Twitter on March 2 to announce that everything will be open in Texas and masks will no longer be mandated.

“I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate,” Governor Abbott tweeted.

According to The Daily Wire, the Governor of Texas still wants people to be responsible for managing their safety. 

However, he knows that businesses need to be opened up to ensure a stable economy.

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%.”

Written ByLauren Akabori

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