States that are eager to reopen for business are easing COVID-19 restrictions as the vaccination drive picks up speed with a third formula on the way.
In Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City are relaxing some measures. Iowa's governor has also lifted mask requirements and limits on the number of people allowed in bars and restaurants, while Texas lifted the mask mandate and opened dining to 100% capacity on Tuesday.
Owner of Trezo Mare Restaurant & Lounge in Kansas City, Mike Lee, said he hopes that increased vaccine access, combined with warmer weather, will improve business.
"I think that people are excited to put this past them and be able to start to get back to their ways of doing things," said Lee.
Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has completely lifted restaurant capacity limits and capacity limits within all businesses have been raised to 50%.
Infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University Dr. Amesh Adalja said he believes states and cities have leeway to ease some restrictions since hospitals are no longer at capacity in most communities.
Others, however, are concerned.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that she is "really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures that we have recommended."