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Americans struggle to figure out what new CDC mask guidance means; Washington’s major retailers are split

A customer exits a corner market while wearing a protective mask in the retail shopping district of the SoHo neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York, Friday, May 14, 2021.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say whether he will change his state’s mask mandate in light of new federal guidance that eases rules for fully vaccinated people.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo) NYJM103 NYJM103

Americans are trying to figure out what the new federal guideline on fully vaccinated people not needing masks in most cases means for businesses and communities. Washington state's major retailers are split on continuing to require masks. VIEW

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