Texas bar offers glimpse of a world without Covid, or constraints

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Houston (AFP) – “It’s great to be able to see people’s faces — you don’t see them smile underneath their masks,” said Tom Williams, who on a recent trip to Texas was discovering the big state’s decidedly casual approach to Covid-19. Sitting in a Houston bar, he was struck by the contrast between the laid-back attitude of clients there and the far more cautious approach prevailing in his small hometown of Steilacoom, near Seattle, in faraway Washington state.  To suddenly set foot in the “post-pandemic world,” without mask or physical barriers, left the 50-year-old physician — in Texas with h…

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