With 16 states to soon have no mask mandate, Virginians appear split on the topic

Current restrictions in Virginia do not have an expiration date

ROANOKE, Va. – Texas will become one of 16 states without a statewide order mandating masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus, under a new executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Since that announcement, social media has been a firestorm over whether other states should follow suit.

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Here are the opinions of several Roanoke Valley residents.

“I think you should absolutely be wearing a mask,” said Robert Bolling.

“The mask is like 50% taking care of us and 50% it’s not,” said Hattie Kelly. “The mask is not protecting us fully, but it’s something.”

“I personally don’t believe it should be a requirement,” said John Nichols. “I think if you respect each other’s individual space, keep a distance and follow common sense practice then everything is good.”

“They’re paper. You can blow through them. Smoke through them. What’s gonna go in is gonna come out,” stated Ralph Hise. “I’ve been out here since all of this started around everybody. I half the time don’t wear a mask.”

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