| Austin American-statesman
Well being official: Abbott didn’t converse to him earlier than lifting the masks mandate
Texas Well being Commissioner Dr John Hellerstedt instructed state lawmakers he didn’t converse with Governor Greg Abbott earlier than Abbot’s announcement of the masks.
Alyssa Vidales, American statesman from Austin
On Monday, two teams are staging a rally on the State Capitol in Austin towards Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to carry the statewide masks mandate in public locations.
The Amplified Sound Coalition and the Austin Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America will exhibit Monday from 1 p.m. to three p.m. outdoors the South Steps of the Capitol at 1100 Congress Ave.
Protesters name on the governor to not calm down the masks’s mandate till 70% of the state’s important employees are vaccinated.
“Let’s present our authorities what the masked faces of sacrificial workers appear like,” mentioned Jeanette Gregor, co-founder of Amplified Sound Coalition, in a video posted to the group’s Fb web page.
“This isn’t a political challenge. It’s a class challenge and we now have simply obtained the last word setback from our authorities,” she mentioned.
The coalition represents employees within the music trade. Gregor within the video additionally known as on important employees, together with restaurant employees, to return to the rally.
After: Will you proceed to put on a masks in public areas? We need to hear from you.
Abbott’s order eliminating a statewide masks warrant in public locations goes into impact on Wednesday.
The order permits corporations to determine whether or not they may nonetheless require workers and clients to put on face masks throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
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Gregor mentioned lifting the masks’s mandate would lead occasion workers, trade workers, bar workers, musicians and sound engineers to fall sick with COVID-19, the illness brought on by the coronavirus.
“WE need to placed on a present,” mentioned Gregor. “We need to produce occasions. We need to play music once more. However there’s something extra: we need to survive.”
At present, these eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Texas embody faculty and daycare employees, front-line healthcare employees and residents of retirement houses, folks 65 years of age and older, and other people from 16 years and older with underlying well being situations resembling coronary heart issues, respiration issues or diabetes.