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Greensboro businesses react to new CDC guidance

Some folks are for the shorter isolation whereas some think it might be too soon.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — When it comes to keeping up with all the new guidance from the CDC and local health leaders, businesses have dealt with so much the past two years.

Some folks are for the shorter isolation, whereas some think it might be too soon.

"I think small business owners have had to learn how to adjust and be flexible and shift as things move throughout the pandemic," one of the owners of Scuppernong Books, Steve Mitchell, said.

Scuppernong Books has been open in downtown Greensboro for the past eight years. Mitchell said they've made many changes during the pandemic.

"We're all tired, and we're all kind of exhausted trying to keep up with it," Mitchell said.

He said he's not on board with the most recent change to COVID guidelines.

"It's not going to change what we do here," Mitchell said. "We want to keep our staff safe, and we want to keep our customers safe, and we're not going to adjust to this ridiculous five-day limit."

Shawn Straub, an owner of ALT HR Partners, an HR consulting firm, said she is hopeful for the change.

"Most of the businesses we work with have less than 100 employees, and so when one person needs to be out for ten days, that's a significant impact on the workforce," Straub said.

John Sanders is the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. He said he thinks this update will also be helpful to the workforce.

"I was getting asked questions from business owners all around the city also worried about it, how does this make sense, and it did not make sense, so I am glad that the CDC has responded appropriately," Sanders said.

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