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Texas bars mask mandates for schools, defying latest CDC guidance


Will, 11, and James, 9, who moved with their parents to Texas in order to go to in-person school, board the schoolbus before school school in Austin, Texas, U.S., March 12, 2021. Picture taken March 12, 2021. To match SPECIAL REPORT HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/STUDENTS REUTERS/Ilana Panich-Linsman

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered all public school districts in his state to lift mask-wearing requirements next month, contradicting the latest student-safety COVID-19 guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Abbott's executive order also bars other local government entities in the state from continuing to require face coverings beginning on Friday, echoing a similar move earlier this month by fellow Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida.

Abbott said Texas was making strides against the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccinations, antibody therapeutics and voluntary health-safety practices, leaving government mask requirements no longer necessary.


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