AUSTIN, TX – On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning all COVID-19-related mandates in the State of Texas. The order also includes private businesses.

Additionally, he asked the legislature, who are in special session until October 19, to pass a law stating the same (since executive orders signed by governors are not supposed to be permanent). The legislature has already passed a law banning vaccine passports in the state.

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The bans were already in effect from a previous order covering government agencies, cities, counties and school districts. The order is being fought in court currently by the San Antonio Independent School District.

Monday’s order takes the bans of mandates to the next level to include private businesses requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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In Abbott’s order, he said, “In yet another instance of federal government overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster.”

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He also said, “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”

The order will be pulled once the legislature successfully passes the same language in a bill.