W.Va., S.C., Ariz., follow Texas, Miss. lead in reopening

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 03: San Jose Hotel engineering manager Rocky Ontiveros, 60, wears a Texas mask on March 3, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new executive order that will end the statewide mask mandate and allow businesses to reopen at 100% capacity on March 10, 2021.(Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 03: San Jose Hotel engineering manager Rocky Ontiveros, 60, wore a Texas mask on March 3, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

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Following Texas and Mississippi’s successful reopening strategies, several other Republican states hope to follow suit.

To start, on Friday West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) made the announcement that his state is easing some COVID-19 restrictions as cases of the virus decline. Restaurants and bars will now be able to seat at full capacity.

Capacity limits will also be rolled back on other businesses that still have restrictions, including gyms, fitness centers, retail stores and museums. Social distancing is still encouraged and the state’s mask mandate will remain in place.

In the meantime, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) lifted statewide mask mandates on Friday for restaurants and government buildings. He too cited the state’s declining COVID-19 cases and increased vaccination efforts.

McMaster’s executive order rescinded efforts by the federal government to enforce mask mandates in government facilities. The move will give administrative officials and restaurant owners the freedom to enforce their own guidelines to curb any further spread of COVID-19.

“We only have a couple things left and I was working on the executive order on the way over here,” McMaster said. “We don’t need those any more we’ve worked through all of it.”

Last month, McMaster lifted restrictions on in-person gatherings of more than 250 people and late night alcohol sales.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) also announced he’s lifting capacity limits on restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, water parks and bowling alleys. Further, the order will allow Major League Baseball to hold Spring Training.

In addition, it will prevent municipal leaders from implementing any strict public health measures that could lead to business closures.

State health officials are optimistic after seeing a seven week decline in cases and the distribution of more than two million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

“So I work very closely with the governor’s team on these mitigation strategies, and really felt that the mitigation strategies that we had outlined in our documents for each of those individual establishments could be maintained without the capacity limits,” Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services said.

While a statewide mask mandate was never imposed in Arizona, local government restrictions and social distancing requirements will remain unchanged.

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