As Louisiana moves to Phase 3 neighboring states are dropping their protective orders completely.
In Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed small business and community leaders of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce as part of a statewide announcement. During the news conference the governor said it was time to open Texas 100 percent. Effective today in Texas, all businesses of any type are allowed to fully reopen. Abbott also ended the statewide mask mandate.
Meanwhile Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is scaling back COVID-19 protocols in Mississippi. He is replacing all current executive orders with “recommendations.” This effectively ends all mask mandates within the state. it also means businesses will be able to operate under full capacity with no restrictions. The only rules remaining in place will limit capacity of indoor arenas to 50% and rules governing K-12 schools. The new order begins today at 5 p.m. and will extend until at least March 31.