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CDC lifts mask rules, Knoxville businesses respond

Right now, 29% of Tennesseans have been fully vaccinated, while 37% of people in Knox County have had the vaccine.
If fully vaccinated the CDC says it's safe to be indoors without a mask
If fully vaccinated the CDC says it's safe to be indoors without a mask(WVLT)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 11:01 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The news came as a surprise, relief, concern, and joy to many in downtown Knoxville, as the CDC released new guidance on mask wearing.

If you are fully vaccinated, which the CDC defines as two weeks after your final dose, you are allowed to take your mask off when inside and you don’t have to social distance. Although the CDC guidance has been widely followed in Knox County, businesses have the ability right now to still require masks even if you have been vaccinated.

Myrtle’s Chicken & Beer in Market Square still has a ‘masks required’ sign on the door, but a manager there says it will likely be removed in a week or two. Other businesses like CitiFido and Nothing Too Fancy say they encourage customers to wear masks but they aren’t enforcing them. Both those businesses, however, say that the employees will continue to wear masks.

Then there’s the question of enforcement, and how that would work. President Biden said he’s counting on Americans to adhere to the honor system. After you get your final dose, you’re given a vaccine card, but there has been no indication yet from Knox County or the CDC as to whether that will be needed in the future when trying to enter a business without a mask after you’ve been vaccinated.

Right now, 29% of Tennesseans have been fully vaccinated, while 37% of people in Knox County have had the vaccine.

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