Surprise . . . For many people the new rules don't change much.

For people who still want to avoid the plauge . . . The tougher part of public life arrives. Locals who chose to wear masks might be confronted with hard feelings from so many who objected to mandates. 

We hope a bit of kindness and understanding wins out . . .

Meanwhile, we take a quick peek at a slightly less ominous warning . .  .

University of Kansas Health System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Stites said the change makes a lot of sense.

“The real crux of this right now as you shift from a pandemic to an endemic, how do we live with COVID? And how we adjust to the ups and downs of it is going to be based on…what your capacity is in hospitals,” said Stites.

The CDC has long advised mask wearing and other mitigation measures based on its community transmission risk map. They still do, but the map now looks different. Green, yellow and orange represent low, medium and high risk.

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New CDC mask recommendations change little for most of metro

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) --- New CDC mask guidance has taken a lot more of the nation out of the high-risk zone, but not so much locally. What the CDC changed is the metrics for determining risk. Previously the focus was on new cases and positivity rates, which measured spread of disease.

Which Kansas City-area counties should still be masking under new CDC guidelines?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most Americans live in places where healthy people can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. But most of the Kansas City area should still be wearing masks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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