Country already moving on from mask mandates

The CDC announced new guidelines, easing outdoor restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated. But most of the country has already relaxed their mask mandates.

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April 28, 2021 - 9:32 AM

Penn State fans enjoy the open practice in Beaver Stadium on April 23, 2021. Photo by Joe Hermitt | jhermitt@pennlive.com

In the small Nebraska town of Oxford, the school district dropped its mask mandate last month in what was a fairly straight-forward decision: Cases were down dramatically, and it didn’t bother local officials that their move flouted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Those federal mask guidelines just didn’t seem to fit local conditions well in the town of about 800 people where hardly anyone wears a mask.

“We haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to what is going on at the federal level — mainly what is coming out through the state,” Southern Valley Superintendent Bryce Jorgensen said. “You just can’t compare Chicago to Oxford, Nebraska. Things are just different.”

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