Statement by Dallas Regional Chamber on Lifting COVID-19 Mandates

Although we are encouraged by recent downward trends in the number of new reported coronavirus cases, declining hospitalization rates, and decreased numbers of deaths across the Dallas Region, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still with us and more than 80% of our community has not received a vaccination shot. Until a large majority of our community has been safely vaccinated, we believe it is important to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves, one another, and our community from the virus and we strongly encourage people to register for and receive the vaccine as soon as it is available to you. As Governor Abbott said during yesterday’s announcement, “to stay safe, Texans should continue following medical advice on preventing COVID.”

We are hopeful our way of life will soon be close to what it once was, but we cannot forget that people in our community are still in hospitals, many people remain at risk, and the coronavirus has not yet been eradicated.