DALLAS - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could soon end his statewide mask order that has been in place since the summer.
"We’re working right now on evaluating when we’re going to be able to remove all statewide orders and we will be making announcements about that pretty soon," Abbott said.
He put the order in place and closed bars on July 2 during a spike in coronavirus cases.
They dropped sharply under the order but began to rise again after Labor Day and with the easing of some restrictions on restaurants and bars.
Abbott has faced sharp criticism from some Republicans over his use of executive orders to issue statewide pandemic restrictions.