Mississippi and Texas are the latest states to join in announcing that all businesses will be allowed to resume regular operations unrestricted nearly one year after former President Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves called the restrictions put in place for public health were "unprecedented" and should be reversed as soon as possible.
Starting Wednesday businesses in Mississippi will be allowed to resume full service without any state restrictions and citizens will no longer be subjected to county mask mandates.
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. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021
Previously Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that all businesses will be allowed to fully reopen as of next Wednesday, March 10, as well as repeal the statewide mask mandate on the same day.
California Governor Gavin Newsom bashed the announcement on Tuesday, calling it "absolutely reckless" in a Twitter post. Newsom has implemented stricter guidance in California's pandemic response.
Absolutely reckless. https://t.co/3O5GsbSLpM
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 2, 2021
President Biden said that he expects the country will have enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine to distribute to all American adults by the end of May after the FDA granted authorization to Johnson & Johnson for its vaccine.