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Coachella Valley locals react to new CDC mask guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed most of its mask requirements for fully vaccinated people on Thursday. The agency now only requires the use of a face covering in select locations; however states, cities and businesses may still impose stricter regulations.

Masks and distance guidelines was a major topic of conversation on Friday following the CDC guidance to allow vaccinated people to return to normal life without masks. 

News Channel 3’s Dani Romero has more on what some are saying. 

“Everyone is sick of wearing masks," said Evan Graham, barber at Daddy's Barbershop.

The new CDC mask guidelines were a hot topic at Daddy’s Barbershop in Palm Springs

“ I am ready to get rid of the masks," said Graham. "I do want to trust the science, whatever the science says to do we’ll do it.” 

Jimmy palmer is over it and so is his customer. Both of them vaccinated and tired of masking up. 

“I just wish everyone would get vaccinated," said Stan Schklar, a customer. "I am ready to start living my life again.” 

“Science has proved to us every step thats safe to take and if the federal government says its said its time then I think its time," said Jimmy Palmer, barber at Daddy's Barbershop in Palm Springs.

Palmer said most of their customers are vaccinated and after a year of having their faces covered. 

“It’s going to help us feeling like we are returning to normal," said Palmer.  

At Queertique, the owner is ready to be more flexible with the masking rules. 

“Moving forward be less strict if they don’t want to wear it thats fine with them just i’ll keep wearing mine just to create that sense of security," said Tyler Huang, owner of Queertique.

Everywhere you looked there were fewer masks in Palm Springs from those dining outside to those taking a stroll. While the CDC said fully vaccinated people can ditch the face coverings in most situations. 

The city of Palm Springs is following California guidelines. The state did not immediately drop the mask mandate after the CDC announcement.  Some will continue to have a mask on hand. 

“I definitely start to keep one with me pretty much just in case," said Katherine Sousa, a visitor. there’s a store who or someone doesn’t feel comfortable or whatever it is.” 

Travel on trains, planes and buses, the CDC still recommends masks even if you are vaccinated 

Sousa thinks its a good idea. 

“People get sick on planes before Corona so I could only imagine afterwards so I'll definitely keep my mask on for that," said Sousa.

We're still waiting on the governor to update the mask guidelines. But don’t get rid of your mask just yet, they are still recommended for crowded areas vaccinated or not. And youu can still wear it, if it makes you more comfortable. 

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