The ruling on the mask underlines the profound division in attitudes

However, some people who have lost loved ones to Covid were ready to take off their masks.

Jackie Wammock, 60, of Aiken, SC, lost her mother to the virus last year, but she herself had Covid and recovered. “My fear of illness isn’t that high,” she said, adding that she wouldn’t wear a mask unless she has symptoms that suggest disease. In that case, you said: “There is a responsibility towards others”.

Some people said they would keep the masks and continue traveling. Others said they would cancel plans to attend graduation and other family events. Mr. Barcelo was one of many who said they would drive instead of fly this summer if they could. Emerald North, a 71-year-old painter and sculptor from Cochiti Lake, NM, said she would be willing to drive long distances – up to 1,000 miles – to avoid flying.

Some who can afford it have said they would upgrade to first or business class to ensure better social distancing on planes and trains.

Others are changing their plans. Dr Ellen Tabor, a New York doctor who works in a non-profit organization, ditched plans for a trip to Italy to minimize the risk of exposure. Instead, she will go on vacation to Columbia County, New York.

“Masks are a small burden,” says Dr. Tabor said. “The virus is great”.