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Will the updated CDC guidelines really change whether people mask up or not?

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A woman buys a face mask at a newspaper stand on 14th Street, Monday, May 17, 2021, in the East Village of New York. More than a year after coronavirus shutdowns sent “the city that never sleeps” into a fitful slumber, New York could be wide awake again this summer. Starting Wednesday, May 19, 2021 vaccinated New Yorkers can shed their masks in most situations, and restaurants, stores, gyms and many other businesses can go back to full capacity if they check vaccination cards or apps for proof that all patrons have been inoculated. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated, saying they no longer have to wear masks indoors or outdoors. According to a recent poll, only 33% of American voters were following CDC guidelines closely, so will the updated guidelines really have an effect on what people are doing when it comes to masks?

“Two-thirds of people have already violated CDC guidelines and for them, they're not really following the CDC much at all. If they know about the change in the CDC’s position they probably roll their eyes and say, well it's about time,” said Ballotpedia’s Scott Rasmussen to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat. “However, people who have been concerned, people who are still worried all of a sudden have a new set of worries: Oh my gosh, if we go out in public, how do we know that the restaurant is really making sure everybody without a mask is vaccinated?”

Rasmussen says that according to recent polling, those who are “cautious and concerned” don’t feel that way because of CDC guidelines.

“I don’t think all that much is going to change,” said Rasmussen. “People who were comfortable going out before still will be, and those who weren’t won’t be.”

According to Rasmussen, the CDC “adjusted its views to catch up with the American people,” because “government agencies don’t lead, they follow.”

“Back in the ’70s when I first got my driver’s license, there was a 55 mile per hour speed limit imposed, because the science at that time convinced us that this was a way to fight the energy crisis,” said Rasmussen. “It turns out that it took 20 years to repeal those temporary guidelines. It wasn't until Bill Clinton was in office in the 1990s. But while we were waiting for that to happen, while we were waiting for the 55 miles per hour speed limit to be lifted, it became the most violated law in American history.”

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