Is Texas ‘Completely Open’?

A viral tweet from Blaze TV host Elijah Schaffer states that “Texas is completely open.”

Schaffer’s tweet received further attention through being shared by popular right-wing Instagram account Rogan O’Handley.

Schaffer’s account of Texas’ coronavirus protocols are largely accurate: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 2 that ended the state’s mask mandate and allowed for businesses to return to full capacity. Abbott still has another executive order in place that limits business capacity to 50 percent in hospital regions in which 15 percent or more of hospitalizations are coronavirus-related for seven straight days.

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