State mask mandate lifted; schools to continue requiring masks Posted in: NewsCOVID-19 On March 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, lifting the mask mandate in Texas and rescinding capacity limits on businesses and facilities. Businesses can still limit capacity or implement COVID-19 safety protocols at their discretion. The order is effective on Wednesday, March 10. "With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said in a press release. "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!