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Lexingtonians excited to be able to ditch masks

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 4:13 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A lot of people were sporting the half-on, half-off “chin guard” mask look Friday after Gov. Beshear’s announcement that the state will be immediately following the latest CDC guidelines on masks.

In downtown Lexington, it was a mix of people still wearing a mask, and those choosing not to wear one.

Some people we talked to said they’re excited to ditch the face covering. They said they’ve felt comfortable without one since their vaccination, and feel extra security with the CDC’s blessing.

“To come from an established organization like that to say we can move forward, it’s just it’s encouraging,” Harrison Whaley said.

Others said the new guidance is “scary.” They told us we’ve made a lot of progress, and they don’t want everyone to get too lax and the state to take a step backward.

“I hope it’s more encouraging for people to get vaccinated, but I also don’t want us to take a step back, and people who are not vaccinated get a little too lax,” Jena Gambaccini said.

For vaccinated Uber driver Mark hanks, sitting outside, with strangers, enjoying a hot dog, was a luxury he said he waited a long time for.

“I love Sam’s and it’s a great day and I was excited to see their sign that said, ‘masks required only if not vaccinated,’” Hanks said. “So, it was kind of weird to walk in without my mask on, but I did and it felt good.”

A lot of people said they will keep a mask handy wherever they go.

“I’ve still got mine in hand and I bring it with me,” Adam Haley said.

Many of them said they plan to approach this change like the governor said he is, taking a look at crowds, and deciding how comfortable they feel.

“I don’t know if i’m fully read to go inside with a bunch of people I don’t know without a mask,” Gambaccini said.

Governor Beshear recommends Kentuckians keep a mask with them in the case a business requires them to be worn.

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