Texas, and other states, could be headed toward another shutdown.

If Texans want to ignore the governor’s latest restrictions for wearing masks and keeping social distance and closing bars as the measures of the pandemic worsen, another shutdown is definitely on the table, Gov. Greg Abbott warned.

“I knew that (the shutdown) wasn’t going to be popular,” Abbott said last week during an interview with KTEN-TV in Sherman, according to The Texas Tribune. “I knew that it was even counter to what even I wanted, but also I knew that it was something that had to be done. The coronavirus is spreading so rapidly across the state of Texas, the last thing that we want to do is shut Texas back down. The only way we can prevent Texas from being shut down is for everybody to adopt this practice of wearing a face mask.”

He said if people don’t wear them or the numbers rise, there would be a lockdown.

In California, where COVID-19 cases are surging, officials in the state’s two largest school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — announced Monday that students will stick to online learning from home when school resumes next month, rather than return to classrooms.

And the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation’s most populated state.

Florida, too, is facing pushback from some educators and parents about reopening the state’s public schools.

Doing your part is simple enough — wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands, among other simple, simple things.

While there have been, in the past, questions about the effectiveness of masks, now the overwhelming consensus among public-health experts is that face masks can help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

What, too, is becoming clear is that Abbott is signaling that another shutdown is possible. Abbott seems to be holding his ground. He’s reinstated, for many places, a ban on elective surgeries that might otherwise strain medical staff and resources needed for COVID-19 patients.

Another shutdown would be disastrous for the state’s economy. Of course, the rising number of COVID-19 cases is taxing many hospitals.

So, it seems there is an easy, common-sense solution to help alleviate the situation. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash you hands and engage in other simple practices. It is the least we all can do.

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PD Hyatt

Looks like Abbot is joining with the MSM in wanting to finish off our economy.... One more good shut down and I imagine that will just about do it...

jimmy winston

Why would MSM and Abbot want to destroy the economy?

Bailey Jones

"Doing your part is simple enough — wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands" And yet too many still refuse to do their part. They will be among the loudest to complain when the shutdown comes. Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey would have been right at home in BC times: "UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN!"

Chuck DiFalco

"They will be among the loudest to complain" -- Bailey Jones.

Yes, Bailey Jones, but by far the loudest to complain will be the economic depression deniers. We are on the brink of Depression 2.0 now. More lockdowns will tip us uncontrollably down into the abyss.

Bailey Jones

But the president says the economy is taking off like a rocket! Who do I believe - Chuck, or Upchuck? I guess I'll just have to rely on the economic data, as always. For what it's worth, Chuck, I'm doing my part to keep the economy open - wearing my mask and shopping local as much as possible. And haranguing about it here at every opportunity.

Chuck DiFalco

Who cares, other than the die hard party liners, what the president says? He will say something different next week. Obviously, you should listen to Chuck. ...who has been saying for over 3 months that Depression 2.0 is our biggest danger, not coronavirus. If the next economic depression is imminent, it will not be like 1.0. 1.0 was like a heart attack, with a dead patient for 10+ years. 2.0 will be like a cancer. BTW, Bailey Jones, the economic data you see on MSM is backward looking, not forward looking. You're not going to find any actionable information there.

Ted Gillis

Don Jr. said his dad looked good in a mask.

Carlos Ponce

Does Ted look good in a mask?

Blanca Bell

I don't know what you are talking about when you say that people are not wearing masks. I eat lunch at a different restaurant everyday, go to HEB, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes and 100% of the people are wearing masks.

Jim Forsythe

Blanca, not all restaurants are following the guideline. I went last Friday to pick up food from a BBQ restaurant and left before picking it up. Why, because when I opened the door to go in, the person that was the owner and cutting the meat was not wearing a mask. The people that I saw setting down, 20% were wearing a mask. Also they were at 100% capacity. I left as soon as I saw this, and went somewhere else. At the other restaurant they were all wearing mask, even in the drive thru.

Jarvis Buckley

I don’t have the slightest interest in what that

Anti American governor of California thinks.

This is Texas !!!

Mike Zeller

So Jarvis, if our Republican Governor shuts down Texas, is he also Anti-American?

Ted Gillis

Well Jarvis, our governor only cares about what Dan Patrick thinks about him.

Chuck DiFalco

"Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash you hands ..." Mr. Mathews, this pedantic advice belongs in grade schools, not in a newspaper editorial whose target audience consists of adults. Treating us like kids, which you are doing, intentionally or not, does not do any good, and could potentially backfire. You should instead be editorializing about how to enforce the existing mask mandate in Texas. That difficult issue is very much in the adult realm.

Terri Abraham

If the adults would follow the mask mandate, instead of acting like children who don't want to do what they've been asked to do, no one would need to enforce it.

Bailey Jones

Exactly.

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