Mask Mandate Up in Flames for Texas Man Supporting 'Freedom of Choice'

Some Texans embraced the end of the state’s mask mandate, which was officially lifted on Wednesday, March 10.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on March 2 that he was lifting the mandate and allowing “everything” in the state to open at full capacity.

McAllen resident Joacim Hernandez marked the occasion on Wednesday by throwing a mask on a grill and setting it ablaze.

“I support businesses’ right to require a mask and each person’s right to keep wearing one,” Hernandez told Storyful. “I also support individuals celebrating their freedom to not wear a mask where allowed by those establishments. Freedom of choice is what is to be celebrated,” he said.

School boards, courts, college campuses, and other facilities can still require people to wear masks, local media reported. Businesses can limit capacity or require masks “at their own discretion,” according to Abbott’s announcement.

Hernandez told Storyful he will comply with businesses that uphold the mask mandate, but said he will not wear a mask when it’s not required. Credit: Joacim Hernandez via Storyful