Gov Abbott bans Texas cities from implementing mask and vaccine requirements

By Jenny Goldsberry

Texas Governor Greg Abbott kept his promise to ban “vaccine passports,” in an executive order banning vaccine requirement. The order also bans mask mandates. The governor defended his decision saying “we must rely on personal responsibility, not government mandates.”

“No governmental entity, including a county, city, school district, and public health authority, and no governmental official may require any person to wear a face covering or to mandate that another person wear a face covering,” the order reads.

While New York City is requiring all its teachers to get vaccinated, Abbott banned any government entity from enforcing the same requirement. “No governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization,” the order continues. Any “order, ordinance, policy, regulation, rule, or similar measure that requires an individual to provide, as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place, documentation regarding the individual’s vaccination status for any COVID-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization” is also banned.

“No consumer may be denied entry to a facility financed in whole or in part by public funds for failure to provide documentation regarding the consumer’s vaccination status for any COVID-19 vaccine administrated under an emergency use authorization,” the order reads.

Gov Abbott defended the order in a statement, while also saying the fight against the virus is not over.“Today’s executive order will provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State’s continued fight against COVID-19,” Abbott said. “The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates. Texans have mastered the safe practices that help to prevent and avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have the individual right and responsibility to decide for themselves and their children whether they will wear masks, open their businesses, and engage in leisure activities. Vaccines, which remain in abundant supply, are the most effective defense against the virus, and they will always remain voluntary – never forced – in the State of Texas.”

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