A huge announcement was recently made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that it is now time to open Texas 100%, not because Covid has suddenly disappeared, but because state mandates are no longer needed. We also heard from Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who said that he is replacing Mississippi’s current orders with recommendations and the only rules that will remain in this order are a capacity limit of 50% on indoor arenas and those that govern K-12 schools.
According to the New York Times, this has been a trend in the United States of each state’s governors and mayors deciding what is feasible, what is safe and what is politically practical. In the past few days, we have seen public schools in Chicago re-open, while restaurants in Massachusetts were allowed to operate without capacity limits. We also saw that South Carolina has done away with it’s limits on large gatherings. The San Francisco state is also allowing indoor dining, museums, movie theaters and gyms to re-open on a limited basis, while other states have been slowly re-opening for several months now.
Last Tuesday, the Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer announced that she was easing restrictions on businesses and giving permission to family members who have tested negative for COVID-19 to visit the residents of nursing homes. The Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker also announced that residents should continue to wear masks in public, but it is time for more limits on businesses to be eased. We also saw Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear state last week that the state’s falling infection statistics show that immunizations are beginning to have an impact. Kentucky school districts have offered face-to face classes as well.
This means that we could potentially see the WWE or AEW begin holding shows in Texas after Wednesday, March 10th when the state’s Governor Greg Abbott has his new mandate go into effect. WWE revealed the promotion could return to live events with fans later in the year, but it remains to be seen if plans will change as more states begin to re-open.