Texas governor lifts mask mandate despite health officials' warnings

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By Amir Vera, CNN

(CNN) -- Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he's lifting the mask mandate in Texas, even as health officials warn not to ease safety restrictions.

Abbott made the announcement during a Lubbock Chamber of Commerce event where he issued an executive order rescinding most of his earlier executive orders like the mask mandate.

"Removing state mandates does not end personal responsibility and caring for your family members, friends and others in your community," Abbott said. "People and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate."

Texas joins 12 other states that do not have mask requirements.

Also, effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%, Abbott said.

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