Texas 'wide open for business' despite surge in Covid-19 cases squib

Four months into the pandemic a mandatory mask order is in place in the state, but some worry it’s too little, too late

An older man in an orange apron greets customers at the Home Depot in College Station, Texas. Signs serving as a reminder they are living through a pandemic are plastered on the sliding glass doors: “Face covering required.”

The reminder is much needed because to an outsider, Texas looked almost the same in July 2019 as it does in July 2020, despite Covid-19 having claimed more than 6,000 lives in the state and more than 150,000 lives in the US since March.

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