Texas concert venues can open at 100% capacity with no masks as of next week.

We’re making progress against COVID-19. The number of new daily cases has more-or-less stabilized. Deaths are going down. Not only are more vaccines being delivered but new vaccines are coming online. If we squint, we can see the finish line in the distance.

This is why what they’re doing in Texas is so baffling. Governor Greg Abbott has dropped the mandatory mask mandate and declared Texas 100% open.

As of next Wednesday (March 10), this means that all concert venues and sports facilities will be permitted to operate at full capacity. No masks required.

There are 29 million people in Texas. The state is averaging 7,000 new COVID-19 cases a day. Compare that to Canada with our population of 37 million averaging about 3,000 a day. Texas is a little ahead in the number of vaccinations, but not by much. Doctors and nurses are…confused.

Gee, you think the governor is trying to divert attention away from the failure of the state’s power grid which resulted in Texans freezing to death and do without water for weeks?

And it’s not just Texas. Mississippi is doing the same thing.

Seems pretty anti-science to me. Anyone else reminded of this?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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