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Yesterday was a BIG news day for Texas as Gov. Abbott announced that Texas was going to be opened 100% on Wednesday, March 10th and if that wasn't news enough, Gov. Abbott added that he was eliminating the mask mandate for Texas on that day as well.

Mic drop.

There are varying opinions on his announcements naturally, however, no matter what you think of the latest executive order, which you can read in its entirety here, many Texans are just appreciative that we now have a choice in the matter.

With that being said, within yesterday's latest executive order, Gov. Abbott also gave businesses the authority to choose not just for themselves but their employees and their customers on whether they would require masks within their establishments.

"Nothing in this order precludes businesses or other establishments from requiring employees or customers to follow hygiene measures including the wearing of masks," Gov. Greg Abbott offers. 

Gov. Abbott also gives Texas county judges the authority to use COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the event that the COVID capacity in hospitals rises above the 15% hospitalization rates.

We will be featuring an in-depth interview with Victoria County Judge, Ben Zeller, this Sunday, March 7th on all four of our station brands so please be tuned in to your radio for Sunday's Victoria Report, Townsquare Extra, powered by ROKS Diesel.

If you own a business in Texas, you get to decide whether your employees and guests must wear a mask in your establishment.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.