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If Texas leaders are champions of property rights and business freedoms, as they’ve often contended they are, they should stop interfering with cruise lines’ attempts to sail again from Galveston.

A federal judge on Friday ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order making it difficult for cruise ships to resume sailing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

No vaccine is 100 percent effective, and breakthrough infections may occur. So to be extra careful in certain situations, wear a mask. Get an COVID test before traveling to be extra sure.

Contrary to assertions floating around the social media ether, employers have a right to ask about the COVID-19 vaccination status of their employees.

A Houston hospital made headlines this week for suspending unvaccinated employees. Galveston-area medical providers aren't taking that hard line because vaccines still don't have final U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. 

Most Galveston County schools plan to offer summer sessions, and some fall intervention, to help students make up for learning losses because of pandemic disruptions.