Gov. Greg Abbott says an announcement is forthcoming about when pandemic restrictions in Texas may be lifted. Abbott spoke at a news conference in Corpus Christi on Thursday. A reporter asked when the statewide mask requirement would end as more Texans are vaccinated. The mask mandate has been in place since last July. Abbott also issued an executive order in the fall that says business reopenings can expand if coronavirus hospitalizations in a hospital region drop below 15 percent of capacity for seven straight days.
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