"The repercussions are going to fall on people like me, that took responsibility"

McCullough says he’s now back to bringing his mask with him when he goes out and worries his community could soon face a fresh round of strict restrictions.

“The repercussions are going to fall on people like me, that took responsibility,” he said. “And that’s infuriating.”…

Tim Hildreth, 39, who lives in nearby Powder Springs, said it’s frustrating to feel like he’s slipping back out of the normalcy that he briefly got a taste of after he was vaccinated.

“I’m done with these mandates to protect people who won’t go out of their way to do it themselves,” Hildreth said.

He said he worked from home during the pandemic, and his young daughter was always masked up when she went to school. Hildreth got the vaccine because he was eager to go back to a pre-pandemic lifestyle and be able to attend concerts and sports events.

But now, amid a fresh surge, he says, “it just feels like it’s not going to end.”