President Biden referred to as on governors and native leaders to reinstate coronavirus-related masks mandates throughout a White House briefing Monday, earlier than asserting a number of different vaccine-related directives.
“I’m reiterating my name for each governor, mayor and native chief to take care of and reinstate the masks mandate,” Biden mentioned. “Please, this isn’t politics, reinstate the mandate in case you let it down.”
The name follows actions taken by a number of states to raise masks necessities earlier this month and ease enterprise restrictions, reminiscent of Texas and Mississippi, which drew sharp criticism amid early-stage vaccine rollouts and the unfold of extremely transmissible coronavirus variants.
However, simply over two weeks after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted coronavirus mandates permitting companies to function at 100% capability and made masks non-compulsory, the purple state remains to be reporting decreases in circumstances and hospitalizations.
The governor championed his state’s success in a Friday night time tweet saying, “Today Texas recorded the bottom 7-day COVID positivity fee since that information started being calculated: 5.43%.”
During Monday’s briefing, Biden mentioned companies ought to require masks, too. When prompted by a journalist, the president agreed that some states ought to pause reopening efforts.
“The failure to take this virus significantly [is] exactly what obtained us into this mess within the first place, threat extra circumstances, extra deaths,” he mentioned. “As I do my half to speed up the vaccine distribution and vaccinations, I would like the American folks to do their half as nicely.”
The president referred to as on the American folks to “masks up,” including that it’s a “patriotic responsibility,” and “the one manner we ever get again to regular.”
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.