Texas has become the biggest US state to lift the mask mandate, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the move on Tuesday but warned ‘removing statewide mandate does not end personal responsibility’.
The state has been hit hard by the pandemic and more than 43,000 have died.
Speaking to a crowded dining room in a restaurant in Lubbock, Mr Abbott said: “Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility.
“It’s just that now state mandates are no longer needed.”
Some people are in agreement with Mr Abbott, with one person writing on Twitter: “God Bless Texas and Mississippi.
“All other red states must follow. Republicans must lead by example. Allow blue states to remain the depressive, impoverished, enslaved hell holes that their communist leaders have created.
“Freedom-loving Americans will flee. #UnmaskAmerica.”
However, not everybody is happy about the move, which has been labeled ‘absolutely reckless’ by Californian Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Some civilians have vowed ‘not to listen’ to the governor, with one person writing on Twitter: “Raise your hand if you live in Texas and will be listening to the CDC and wearing masks and not listening to Abbott.”
A second person wrote: “To my friends in Texas, if you can, stay home till you can get vaccinated. If you must go out, wear two masks. And stay away from Greg Abbott because he aims to kill you.”
A third added: “Only in Texas will you see a Senator go to Mexico during a winter storm, and a Governor canceling wearing masks during a pandemic.”
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