States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making “a big mistake,” President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking.”
Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).
But CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states on Monday that “now is not the time” to lift public health restrictions.
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NEW: President Biden calls Texas and Mississippi decisions to end mask mandates “a big mistake” and criticizes what he views as “Neanderthal thinking” after CDC warned against complacency in the face of emerging coronavirus variants on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Mmdln3gNG6
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