It sounds like some states are well on their way to getting back to normal.
Both Texas and Mississippi today announced today they would be discontinuing all mask mandates and allowing businesses and schools to open back up.
This isn’t just out of the air or haphazardly but based on dropping numbers of cases.
Like the rest of the country, Texas has seen the number of cases and deaths plunge. Hospitalizations are at the lowest levels since October, and the seven-day rolling average of positive tests has dropped to about 7,600 cases, down from more than 10,000 in mid-February.
Mississippi hospitalizations also were dropping according to Governor Tate Reeves, according to Fox 8 Live.
“Today, I signed what I expect will be one of my last executive orders regarding COVID-19. Our hospitalizations have plummeted, and our case numbers have fallen dramatically as well. In fact, our case numbers have fallen to the point where no county meets the original criteria for a mask mandate.”
The only rules remaining in place will limit capacity of indoor arenas to 50% and rules governing K-12 schools.
So that’s good, right? Sounds like things may be moving back to normal at least in some states.
But when they asked Joe Biden when he thought things might get back to normal, his answer will make you want to pull your hair out and ask what America is he looking at?
Biden on when America might return to normal: “My hope is by this time next year” pic.twitter.com/id6S351IU1
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 2, 2021
“I’ve been cautioned not to give an answer to that,” Biden says, again saying the quiet part out loud. Cautioned by who? Who’s telling him what to do? And shouldn’t he know that yes, obviously, one can’t give a definitive. But then his answer seems to have no connection to present reality, with him saying, “My hope is that by this time next year we’ll be back to normal or before that — my hope. But it depends upon if people continue to be smart”
So despite all that we’re seeing around us, despite his “just 100 days to mask, not forever,” he’s saying even with vaccines, even with everyone likely to have availability to them by April/June that he’s not thinking we’ll get back to normal until this time next year? Yikes! How not to be encouraging and to suggest we’re going to continue to be under government restrictions for that long. They really don’t want to give up that control. That, of course, would likely kill the rest of the economy if we did that. By the way, he continues to look absolutely awful.
But it sounds like places aren’t waiting around for Biden to declare “normality,” they’re going to go out and seize it, whatever Biden says.