Locals respond to new CDC mask guidance

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in outdoor crowds and in most indoor settings. 

President Biden took to Twitter and said “if you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.”

The CDC said you should still wear masks in crowded indoor settings like hospitals, planes, buses, homeless shelters and prisons. 

Bowling Green residents had a variety of thoughts about the easing of the mask restrictions.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea really. I work at the hospital, I work at The Medical Center, I’ve seen a lot of people die with the Covid. I don’t think it’s a good idea really,” said resident David Brown. 

“I think it’s wonderful. I think we’ve all worked really, really hard to take care of ourselves and be considerate of others and wear the mask and they’re darn inconvenient. So it’s nice to know we can take them off and be safe,” said resident Amy Dispearte. 

“I’m glad the CDC came out and said we don’t have to wear masks if we’ve had the vaccination. I’ve had both of them, had them for over a month. So I’m happy, I’m hoping all the stores will abide by that,” said resident Jeff Stanfield. 

“I’m just not trusting of the vaccine yet. We’ve been married for 40 years so we just do whichever we feel safe about and I’m just not trusting of it yet so I’m wearing the mask,” said resident Sharon Stanfield. 

Kentucky’s mask mandate went into effect last year.