(CNN) — The federal government said that it is now okay for those who are fully vaccinated to ditch their masks indoors. But Main Street business owners are likely to still request that everyone wear them.
Having had to pivot relentlessly to accommodate ever-changing pandemic restrictions, independent shop and restaurant owners now have to thread a very fine needle between the need for safety, the need for revenue and the need to accommodate a newfound sense among vaccinated customers that they can do what they want.
So the overnight ‘masks-off’ invitation from the Centers for Disease Control for the fully vaccinated leaves brick and mortar businesses in a quandary.
Asking customers if they’re vaccinated
“Not everybody is comfortable with these new rules. … How do you just switch right away? The psychology of employees and customers can’t change that quickly,” said Mas Torito,…