Odessans react to decision to drop mask mandate

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Odessans are reacting to the decision to drop the mask mandate. It’s a mixed bag of reaction.

“I don’t agree with it. I feel like there are still a lot of vulnerable people out there that haven’t had access to the vaccine,” Vivian Valdez said.

“I mean, does it really change much? I mean, people wear them, they don’t wear them,” Paige Lee said.

“Yeah, I’m with {Governor Abbott} on that,” Sean Lowe said.

Some Odessans are choosing to move forward in their own ways.

“Until COVID is over, I’m still going to use a mask,” Armando Carrasco said.

The impact is important for Vivian Valdez. She’s heading to a workout with her kids.

“Go ahead and wear it. Just to be safe and just for the safety of everybody else as well,” Valdez said.

Vivian is also a teacher at a local school.

“I do have one student at school and told her, even though nobody else may be wearing it as of next week, she’s still required to keep her distance and everything,” Valdez said.

Paige Lee thinks there should be some middle ground in this mask debate.

“There are a lot of people that do wear them and there are a lot who don’t. So, I could see some people would want to wear them and some people don’t. I don’t see why it should be mandatory,” Lee said.

Diana just moved from Missouri, where there is no mask mandate.

“They thought it was something that went away in 3 months. They don’t believe in masks then. They don’t wear masks now and they still will not,” Diana said.

She said the repeal of the mandate doesn’t do much for those who didn’t believe in wearing them before.

But Diana is not going to stop now.

“If you’re sick, you can’t work!” Diana said.

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April 22 2021 09:00 am