Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation Monday that bans COVID-19 vaccine passports in the Lone Star State.
“Texas is open 100 percent and we want to make sure that you have the freedom to go where you want without limits,” Abbott (R) said in a video posted to his Twitter account.
“No business or government entity can require a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place.”
Businesses that violate the law can be denied state contracts or lose state-issued licenses, The Texas Tribune reported.
But businesses are still allowed to screen for COVID-19, the Tribune said.
It’s not clear exactly how the new law will affect the return of the cruise industry out of Texas, the publication reported.
Two Carnival ships are planning to operate through the Port of Galveston next month for the first time since the pandemic shutdown, but the company was