Mounting confusion over mask mandates

Following the CDC’s new guidance that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks, many businesses and public establishments have quickly changed mask policies.
3:02 | 05/15/21

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We move on to mounting confusion across the country following the CDC's new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated can ditch the mask in most settings. At least 19 states now changing their mask mandates. Businesses like Starbucks first saying masks would still be required only to reverse course in 24 hours, now making masks optional for fully vaccinated customers. More than 156 million Americans 12 and older receiving at least one dose of vaccine. That's more than 55%. But with most of the country still not vaccinated, many essential workers and parents of young kids are raising concerns. Here's ABC's Trevor Ault. Reporter: Tonight, celebration -- Everybody's been waiting for this moment for a while now. Reporter: And confusion. Should I take my mask off? Should I leave it on? It's super confusing. Reporter: In the wake of the CDC's new guidance allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch the masks outdoors and indoors in almost every situation. We've all been in this lockdown for so long, it still feels like a shock to transition to a new -- a new normal. Reporter: Many Americans feeling whiplash from rapid-fire changes. At least 19 states of the 24 states that had mask mandates now announcing plans to adopt the CDC guidance or scrap mask requirements entirely. And major chains like Walmart, Costco and trader Joe's making masks optional for fully vaccinated shoppers. They're jumping the gun for sure. Last week they tell you everybody must wear a mask, and now two days later they're saying take off your mask. I don't trust any of it. Reporter: Yesterday Starbucks said it was keeping its full mask requirement. Now just 24 hours later, Thell let fully vaccinated customers but nearly two-thirds of the country is not yet fully vaccinated. In businesses, and the essential workers running them, will be large will a relying on an honor system. We didn't want to be the mask police in the early portions of this pandemic, and we certainly don't want to be the vaccination police at the end of it. Reporter: And with kids under 12 still not eligible for the shots, parents like Fatima and Nicholas Diaz are taking extra precautions. If I'm going into a store, I'm wearing a mask. If I get out of my car, I'm wearing a mask. Reporter: Is that for your own safety or is that to set an example for your son? Both. Reporter: At a park picnic for Fatima's birthday, the parents weren't wearing masks, but 3-year-old Caden was. Why do you wear your mask? Because we have to be safe. Good advice there. Trevor Ault joins us from central park in New York City where we've seen a lot of people out, many still wearing masks. Trevor, the CDC is going to be looking at further guidance, specifically for schools and summer camps. Reporter: That's right, whit. The CDC director says these mask guidance changes are a first step, and they'll be using it as a frame work as they re-examine their guidance now in other areas for things like schools, sump summer camps, day cares and even broader things like travel.

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