FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Kris Snepp says he’s been careful throughout the pandemic.
But now that the mask mandate is relaxed for fully vaccinated people like him, the Fort Wayne resident said he’s a little more lenient.
“You see I’m not wearing a mask now but I have it with me, so if I go in someplace that I’m unfamiliar with I’ll still wear a mask,” he said.
For him, it’s about comfort.
Something Cindy’s Diner owner Angela Rowedda, agrees with.
“People are still wearing masks in. We’re not requiring it, whatever makes you feel most comfortable,” she said. “Although the staff is still wearing masks, just to make people feel more comfortable since we’re handling their food.”
Dr. Nir Menachemi of Indiana University Fort Wayne’s School of Public Health said these relaxed regulations are a testament to the work that’s been put in over the past year.
“It’s a reminder, that the only reason we got here is because of the vaccinations, and if we want this to continue to stay, we gotta keep moving towards more vaccinations,” Menachemi said.
There’s a chance that some people might take advantage of this new honor-system approach.
“Will some people skirt the rules? Maybe,” Menachemi said. “But I think we should be focusing on all the good things that people have done to get us to this point.”
For those who aren’t vaccinated and don’t wear a mask?
“We’re starting to reach a point where if you’ve chosen not to get vaccinated, you’re now taking on the risk yourself because public health and others aren’t gonna be protecting you anymore,” Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said.
Snepp knows it might take some time to get back to normal.
“It’ll be a process we go through, and I think over time we’ll get to some semblance of normal again,” he said.
But for now, just in case, he’ll keep a mask with him.
Sutter says walk-in appointments are available at Allen County clinics for anyone who wants to get vaccinated.