Lynchburg business owner welcomes new mask guidelines, saying lifting previous restrictions were negligent


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Nubian Citi owner Tyeast Blanding says the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention won’t change anything at her salon.

“Oh yeah, yeah we do it anyway,” said Blanding, in reference to wearing masks indoors. “At the sink, we give them a disposable mask instead of them wearing their cloth mask. We give them a disposable one in case they get it wet or anything, but it’s been working out.”

The CDC, on Tuesday, July 27, released new guidance saying everyone, vaccinated or not, living in an area with high rates of community transmission should wear a mask indoors.

According to data from the CDC, that applies to most cities and counties in our area.

Blanding says mask mandates never should have been lifted, saying the honor system isn’t working.

“I think it was the negligence of the CDC,” said Blanding. “The people that are wearing masks are the people who are vaccinated. The ones that are not wearing masks, they never got vaccinated in the first place.”

WFXR News reached out to Gov. Ralph Northam’s office to ask if a new mask mandate is on the horizon in Virginia.

A spokesperson said in a statement, “As always, we will thoroughly review these recommendations when they are released. The Governor has taken a nuanced and data-driven approach throughout this pandemic.”

Blanding thinks new mandates are a good idea.

“With this new variant, it’s mutating, and it’s going to get stronger and stronger until we all just apply by the rules.”

She has a clear message for the community.

“Wear your mask, get vaccinated, do it while it’s free, I mean, because going to the hospital and having to pay almost a million dollars for being on a ventilator, is it really worth it?” said Blanding.”

“Just get it done. The sooner that we get this taken care of the sooner this will all be over with.”

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