PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some small business owners say not so fast while others are celebrating ditching the mask.
KDKA’s Meghan Schiller talked to gyms, grocery stores and salons about the decision at hand: To mask or not to mask?READ MORE: Hazelwood Protester Says She Was Hit By Car Last Year, Files Lawsuit Against Driver
The sweat and endorphins kicked into high gear Friday.
“I finally feel like we can get back on our feet again as personal trainers,” SAID F45 studio manager Jordan Rose.
Rose saw his athletes unmasked faces for the first time in months. It’s all thanks to the CDC’s new guidelines announced Thursday saying fully vaccinated people can ditch the mask in most scenarios.
“Everyone is ecstatic about it,” said Rose. “People are so excited.”
Downtown at Twelve27 Salon, the sign on the front door shows a different reaction.
“I would say 95 percent of people have been really supportive and thankful that we are choosing to stay masked,” said Hilary Vallard, co-owner of Twelve27 Salon.
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“As far as determining vaccinations or not, there really is just no real way to tell, right? So, we just have to err on the side of caution,” said Veronica Vallard.
“We joke that we stuck our flag in the safety sand when this started. So we feel like we need to stay consistent with that, even in light of new guidelines,” said Hilary Vallard.
And they’re not the only ones taking it slow. UFCW Local 1776 President Wendell Young started working the phones, advocating on behalf of his essential workers like employees at local Giant Eagles.
“The CEO and I and we’re both in complete agreement that they’re going to continue as an employer to require masks by employees and customers for the next 30 days at a minimum,” said Young.
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But who’s really vaccinated and who’s telling a lie seems to be the big guessing game bars and restaurants have become the unsolicited players of.
Carmella Salem, the owner of Carmella’s Plates & Pints, told KDKA, “I don’t feel that I have the right to say, ‘Let me look at your vaccination card.’ I don’t.”
Restaurant owners and staff told KDKA that there is no guidance from the state on how to implement the new mandate. Some fear more than just the food will get heated this weekend and are choosing to table the mask discussion for now.MORE NEWS: Pa. Turnpike To Close Westbound Lanes Between Monroeville, Harmarville Overnight On Sunday
Matt McClelland, the executive chef at Carmella’s Plates & Pints, said, “It could lead to a lot of confrontations for people.”