The lifting of mask restriction comes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and people are taking full advantage of that fact according to a WFAA 8 article from March 13th. In it they say:
” Large crowds gathered on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, as St. Patrick’s Day festivities coincided with the first weekend without statewide mask and capacity restrictions in Texas.
On Wednesday, the statewide mask mandate was lifted and businesses were cleared to reopen at 100% capacity.
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Images of the crowds on social media sparked backlash from users on Twitter, who called the gatherings irresponsible and feared they would lead to a spike in COVID-19 numbers in the coming days. “
Earlier in the year, the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade was cancelled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic according to a January 31st article from The Dallas Morning News.
“The Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival down Greenville Avenue has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made the cancellation announcement for the event, which ordinarily takes place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.
For years, Cuban has been a champion of Dallas’ biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade. He saved the parade by writing a $50,000 check in 2012, then donating an extra $15,000 toward a Dallas ISD scholarship fund, said Jake Levy, a Greenville Avenue Area Business Association board member.”
This has not stopped people from turning up as the mask mandate has been lifted.