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Social Distancing Ends in Texas

A man and a woman with a mask
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My mind has been urging me to write on this new atrocity for the past two days as I became aware of the news but I seemed unable to muster the words or the energy to do so.

Governor Abbott decided to end pandemic restrictions within the state of Texas. As of next week, the mandate will be lifted and Texans will be free to move about mask-less.

Restaurant occupancies will return to 100%. This move is made especially dire as this move comes on the eve of spring break.

No one needs reminding that we are still waist-deep in the throes of the pandemic. And the percentage of Texans vaccinated is a mere 13%. The lowest percentage of any state in the US according to NPR news.

The President, CDC, as well as many other medical professionals, have condemned the move urging Texans to keep wearing masks and to continue social distancing.

I can tell you from personal experience that many Texans were not wearing masks or social distancing even when it was a mandate. Each day persons would show up to the hospital, the stores, or other public spaces without a mask on their face, one under their nose, under their chins, or just a plastic shield that is open on both sides.

A shield protects the wearer from fluids or droplets splashed directly to the front of your face, it provides no protection from airborne or droplet precautions as it is open on both sides.

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Many eligible Texans have not been vaccinated nor do they have a clue when they may be vaccinated.

There have been many reports that the most vulnerable populations still facing many challenges trying to schedule an appointment.

Apparently even getting through to many sites to even schedule an appointment requires so much time, skill, and manpower that many are unable to continuously remain online or simply do not have the means to even go online.

My 73-year old mother nor any other eligible persons with clear co-morbidities, some with several qualifying factors have not been vaccinated.

My co-worker’s husband is well into his 60’s, he is diabetic, suffers from gout, has a history of cancer, high blood pressure and they have not secured an appointment to be vaccinated.

So how then are we no longer required to adhere to the rules that have kept some of us safe thus far?

The Houston Chronicle Abbott as saying, “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills,” — “This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent.”

You should note that the Governor has been fully vaccinated…

We can clearly see where the concern lies, not preserving lives but the quest to fatten the pockets. Nowhere in that declaration was the loss of life addressed!

This kind of reckless management only seems to exist in Texas! When the pandemic was in its infancy with regard to social distancing Texas was the first to shed its cloak of protection. This resulted in a spike in COVID cases and many deaths.

Two weeks ago the world again saw that Texas plays by its own rules with the winter stop that left roads impassable, widespread blackouts and Texans froze to death while laying in their beds.

Truly tragic.

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Why are we repeating the same action at an even worse time while hoping for a different result?

It seems that the concern to fatten the pockets outweigh the loss that will surely be visited upon us.

I am persuaded that by now individuals have been practicing these safety measures for almost a year and that they will continue to do so. More of us will continue to wear our masks, practice hand hygiene, and social distancing.

 Until more widespread vaccinations have been done and COVID numbers have declined for a consistent number of months, we will choose the path of proven science and commonsense.

Stay safe and stay well.

24 thoughts on “Social Distancing Ends in Texas

  1. Stay safe my friend. God is able to keep us. Amen.💖😊

    1. Thank you. Have a great day Ms Suzette.

      1. Thank you Pene💖

  2. I agree with you about 90%, and I think the governor acted recklessly also.

    HOWEVER, let me play devil’s advocate here: It’s NOT just about fattening wallets. 50 to 60% of the economy is driven by SMALL business; mom and pop companies and their employees that have been absolutely devastated by a year long pandemic. Even people who do set aside emergency funds typically only do so for 3 to 6 months worth of hardship. People are suffering psychological issues and committing suicide in horrific numbers from the stress this is causing. In the mean time, Amazon is growing exponentially and blocking or eliminating more and more US made goods in favor of Chinese junk

    LONG rant short, we can’t look for black or white answers here. IMO we need to find a way to boost vaccine distribution and production (which is already growing as more companies get on board), increase enforcement of things like the mask mandates, and find ways to loosen restrictions sensibly on business.

    1. I completely underatand your point my friend.
      Have a blessed day!

  3. Thanks, Pene, for sharing this important post. I agree with your observations.

    Here in NL, originally we had strict regulations because of the virus, but then we became complacent, and more people became ill, and lockdowns happened again..
    As you say, we still need to be cautious until people have received the vaccine. ⚘

    1. Thank you Ms Sally for your insightful response.
      Have a blessed day and continues thanks for your intercession for us.

  4. And the fools left, neutral or right shall inherit the night…keeping their antisocial distancing … morning, noon and night!

  5. Pene, I am appalled that this poor decision in Texas follows on the heels of the disastrous power outages that are a result of poor decisions about the power grid. I have spoken to my younger daughter about the importance of continuing to wear a mask, but I am unsure whether I convinced her. My older daughter has already has covid19 and is probably immune. Thank you, Pene, for this informative post. <3 Stay safe!

    1. Oh Ms Cheryl I hope this does not result in a spike. It would have been great to wait until more folks were vaccinated.
      You have a great day.

  6. Praying that you stay safe! This is such a dangerous decision.

  7. Passionate and powerful post Pene❣️❣️

    Heartbreaking doesn’t begin to describe it. I’ll be praying for your (and other front-line workers) strength and safety to make it though the likely nightmare that is looming on the horizon.

    Love and hugs ❤️❤️🤗🤗

    1. You are so correct, “Looming” is the word.
      Thank you my dear.

      1. 😘🤗

  8. I’m praying you and everyone stays safe! My step-son lives in Texas and it’s just scary!

    1. Thank you, it is a bit unnerving. Some folks take the orders to heart, they have already been turning up at the hospital without a mask citing the Governor said that they can.

  9. My honest reaction to Texas opening up was sheer joy. I’m in CA and it’s been lockdowns and more lockdowns. I was glad Texas and a couple of other states are leading the way to normalcy. And normal is you do what you need to do to keep your own self safe. Just my thoughts.

    1. I appreciate your thoughts. Have a great day.

  10. God bless you Pene and take care 🙂

    1. Hello my friend, God bless you too.

  11. I share your thoughts and concern. In a month or two, people who will loose family and friends because of our Governor’s decisions know who to blame this time. Humanity has fallen when money and politics becomes more important than Life, which seems to be the trend nowadays. Stay safe.

    1. Very very true. Though the vaccine efforts have intensified. Many are still wearing their masks which is great to see.
      Take care. I do so enjoy your posts.

  12. I have been wearing my mask and practicing social distancing when out in public, this can’t last forever, we can emerge from this stronger and wiser.

    1. You are correct.

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