Just last week, Gov. Greg Abbott, in an attempt to move forward in reopening Texas amid the COVID-19 pandemic, made waves when he announced he was rescinding his mask mandate.
Per usual, there were people on both sides of the fence, praising him for doing what he could to lead us back to some sort of normalcy as COVID-19 vaccines roll out, and those who condemned him, saying the decision was unsafe and could be detrimental to the health of many.
In an attempt to look at the bigger picture, as it pertains to all the major decisions and executive orders Abbott has made in the last year of the pandemic, we put together a timeline of the ups and downs in Texas’ fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
March 13: Abbott declared a statewide emergency, and San Antonio was the first city in Texas to have a drive-thru testing facility for COVID-19.
March 16: The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAR) requirements were waived for the 2019-20 school year.
March 17: Abbott activated Texas National Guard to help the state’s response to COVID-19.