(TEXAS) – Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting governmental entities — including cities, counties and schools — from enacting masking or vaccine requirements, among other restrictive provisions.
State Representative Donna Howard (D-Austin), a former critical care nurse, issued the following statement in response:
“The COVID-19 pandemic is surging once again in Texas and, true to form, Gov. Abbott is intent on preventing our local officials from exercising their best judgement to keep our communities safe. This is beyond inaction — this is the governor tying the hands of health experts who are trying to keep Texans healthy as cases and hospitalizations increase.
“This is particularly concerning for children, for whom vaccines aren’t available, and their families. With the fall semester just around the corner, students, families and educators need our schools to use every tool available to keep everyone safe. Gov. Abbott has made that impossible.”