Governor Abbott released a tweet on Monday which forbids Texas businesses from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. The governor says Texas is now open 100% – without any restrictions, limitations or requirements on businesses.
“Texas is open 100%. Texans should have the freedom to go where they want without any limits, restrictions, or requirements. Today, I signed a law that prohibits any Texas business or government entity from requiring vaccine passports or any vaccine information,” Abbott tweeted.
According to the new law, businesses that violate the new rules become ineligible for state grants or contracts and could be denied licenses or permits. The legislation does not mention what employers can mandate for their workers.
Businesses can still require COVID-19 screening and other infection protocols. Abbott said back in April that he would not allow government-mandated proof of vaccination cards in order to travel.
Carnival Cruise line confirmed in a Monday press release that ,”These cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination.” The company plans on restarting operations out of Port of Galveston with July 3 and July 15 sailing dates.
Arguments in favor of “vaccine passports” include ensuring travel safety and helping encourage travel to skittish travelers. Arguments against include violations of privacy and of personal freedom.