TAMPA, Fla. – The signal on Allison Bernardi’s enterprise, Hazel + Dot, makes it as clear as potential: “For absolutely vaccinated adults, we’re not requiring masks, for individuals who haven’t been absolutely vaccinated, we ask that they nonetheless put on a masks. Or if anybody is comfy carrying a masks, we invite them to do this.”
Bernardi says, for the final yr, her store has been following CDC tips. Thursday’s announcement that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask was no exception.
“I used to be just a little shocked, it appeared just a little sudden, however we belief the CDC,” she mentioned.
However the CDC tips belief that individuals shall be truthful about whether or not they’re vaccinated.
Enterprise house owners like Anna Maria Oyster Bar proprietor John Horne haven’t any method of figuring out — which, he says, is complicated.
“You recognize, earlier than I put an indication on our restaurant that claims, ‘Hey in case you see one in all our workers with no masks, which means they’re vaccinated,’ how do I guarantee they’re really vaccinated with out violating their privateness?”
President Biden mentioned on Thursday that it comes all the way down to honesty.
“It is not an enforcement factor; we’re not going to exit and arrest folks,” Biden mentioned. “However the truth of the matter is, I nonetheless consider the overwhelming majority of individuals care in regards to the security of their neighbors.”
It’s one thing Bernardi echoed.
“We’re hoping that, with us being open and trustworthy with clients and telling them we’re vaccinated and comfy not carrying our masks, clients will do the identical and be trustworthy with us,” she added.
Like many components of the pandemic, they are saying, they’re studying as they go.