Politics Texas governor threatens to fine local officials who enforce new mask mandates
Huckabee Sanders vows not to impose mask, vaccine mandates if elected governor of Arkansas
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said that she would not impose any mask mandate or vaccine requirements if she is elected governor of Arkansas in 2022. The Republican gubernatorial candidate made the promise during an interview on "Fox & Friends" in response to a Washington Post report saying that top White House aides and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussed potentially updating mask guidance amid new surges of the highly transmissible delta COVID-19 variant.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) threatened to fine local officials who enforce new mask mandates.
Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday which he said would provide clarity and uniformity in the Lone Star State's continued fight against COVID-19."
"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," Abbott.
The Mask Mandate Debate Is Back. Here’s What to Know.
Amid the Delta-fueled wave of U.S. COVID cases, universal mask mandates are back on the table and as politically fraught as ever.A week ago, Los Angeles County became the first major metropolitan area to reinstate a mask mandate in indoor public spaces for both unvaccinated and vaccinated residents. And amid a nationwide surge of new COVID-19 fueled by the more transmissible Delta variant, America’s largest county isn’t the only place where universal mask mandates are back on the table. The Delta wave has thus reignited the already politically charged debate over face mask mandates.
Abbott's encourages residents in areas where there is high COVID-19 transmission to "follow the safe practices they have already mastered," such as wearing masks where social distancing is not feasible.
Government entities such as county, city, school district, or public health authorities cannot require people to wear face coverings.
Local government entities that institute mask mandates may be fined up to $1,000.
The order also specifies that government entities cannot "compel any individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization."
Governmental agencies, public entities and private entities that receive public funding, cannot require people to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of receiving services.
The order does not stop nursing homes or living facilities from requiring residents to be inoculated.
The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) issued stating that fully vaccinated people in areas with "substantial" or "high" transmissions of COVID-19.
The CDC made the move amid an increase in COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant of the virus, which now accounts for most new cases.
Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates .
President Biden on Tuesday rebuked Republican governors who have imposed bans on mask mandates and pleaded with them to "get out of the way" of businesses and schools who want to impose coronavirus-related requirements."We need leadership from everyone and if some governors aren't willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it," Biden"We need leadership from everyone and if some governors aren't willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it," Biden said in a speech from the White House.