More and more American states are relaxing their lockdown measures. Michigan announced that more people would be allowed into restaurants and other businesses starting Friday. Texas is even going to be “100 percent” open, according to Governor Greg Abbott.
The southern state with 29 million inhabitants, among other things, cuts through the duty to mask masks. Restrictions for companies will also expire next week, American media write. Texas goes further than other states that are relaxing corona measures.
“Make no mistake, Covid-19 has not disappeared,” emphasized Governor Abbott. According to the Republican, Texas now has the means to protect its citizens. The Republican said his state could conduct 100,000 corona tests per day, have adequate protective equipment in stock, and millions of Texans have been vaccinated against the virus.
In the US, more than 50 million people have now received at least one dose of a corona vaccine. That amounts to more than 15 percent of the population, writes The Washington Post. President Joe Biden announced that all adult Americans could have been vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of May.
Some other states are not waiting for that either. Mouth caps are also being dropped in Mississippi, and restaurants in Massachusetts can be fully reopened. States themselves have a lot of say in their health policy. As a result, there are sometimes large regional differences between the lockdown measures taken.
Some experts fear that states are moving too quickly in phasing out their corona policy. “I know people are tired of it. They want to be able to live a normal life again,” said Rochelle Walensky of health service CDC this week. “But we’re not there yet.”