Abbott vows “in Texas there will not be any government-imposed shutdowns or mask mandates”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that lockdowns “are wrong” and said he won’t impose any shutdowns or mask mandates.

This comes even as the state is reporting the 2nd-highest COVID-19 cases in the US.

Abbott said during a speech at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association’s National Convention in Dallas “Another thing that has propelled business operations in Texas for you as well as others across the state is that Texas has remained open for business during the course of the pandemic.”

“One thing that we know is that safe practices are important. That said, one thing that we learned along the way is lockdowns are wrong during the course of a pandemic,” he continued.

“Going forward, in Texas there will not be any government-imposed shutdowns or mask mandates. Everyone already knows what to do. Everyone can voluntarily implement the mandates that are safest for them, their families and their businesses,”he added.