Traverse City Community Reacts to New CDC Mask Recommendations

You could be seeing a lot more people leaving home without their masks.

The CDC has released new mask guidelines that state anyone who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to wear a mask.

Business owners have big decision to make, require masks or don’t.

The Grand Traverse Distillery says this puts employees in a tough spot.

“Asking somebody for their medical information and show me your vaccination card- either way it’s going to be extreme awkward,” said Owner Kent Rabish. 

At this point, the distillery says it will continue to require masks until the state says otherwise.

If and when that happens, some people aren’t sure if they’re to toss their face coverings.

“Even though I am fully vaccinated, at least for the near future, I’m planning on still wearing a mask just to make other people feel safe as well,” said Samantha Hipsher. 

They are also hoping to avoid any confrontation and confusion.

“It’s been a whole year of everyone wearing masks and for it to change to where some need to and some don’t-I think will cause an initial issue,” says Hipsher. 

Others say they did their part by getting vaccinated, so they deserve the freedom.1de48a64 077a 4a9e A839 1243a2eebb96

“If you have to take time to go get the vaccine there should be some reward and benefit,” said Alexandra Lazarow. “That, to me, is not wearing a mask.”

Meanwhile, some people think this CDC recommendation will end up helping local businesses.

“I think you’re going to get more foot traffic with businesses and it’s also just going to be less of a hassle,” says Lazarow. 

The Traverse City Chamber of Commerce says right now they are cross referencing the CDC recommendation with MIOSHA before making any definitive decisions.