Governor Greg Abbott of Texas, wants to make one thing clear. The pandemic will no longer impede the freedoms of Texans.
“Texas is open 100%, and we want to make sure you have the freedom to go where you want without limits,” the Governor said as he signed legislation that would put a stop to vaccine passports. “Vaccine passports are now prohibited in the Lone Star State,” He said in a video.
The Texas Tribune reported, “Senate Bill 968 by state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, is a sweeping piece of legislation passed in the final days of the legislative session that includes a clause banning businesses from requiring proof of the vaccine from their customers.”
“Those that violate the ban may not contract with the state, and state agencies that oversee various sectors of business may decide to make compliance with the state law a condition of getting licensed or permitted.”
Businesses are still fully able to implement COVID-19 screenings, and they pandemic protocols to ensure the safety of their customers. They however must not demand proof of vaccination.
The signing of this legislation comes after cruise lines begin reopening. Carnival Cruise Line in particular announced that it would only be allowing vaccinated passengers on board.
This is a result of the CDC’s announcement that it would allow cruise lines to reopen, but only if 95% of both the crew and customers are vaccinated. It’s unclear how Texas’ new laws will effect the Carnival Cruise Line’s ability to operate properly.
Some Twitter users showed support for the Abbott’s move, and others criticized it.