In addition to the pressures you mention, there is the economic imperative. This all along has been compelling in the U. S. (I don't know if it played out as strongly in the rest of the world.) Lockdown meant less people in the stores, less people in restaurants, less people in the workforce. Always there was a segment of the U. S. power structure that calculated the pandemic in terms of dollars, not lives lost. Did you see this, from 2020? Texas Lt. Governor: Old People Should Volunteer to Die to Save the Economy This man is very popular in Texas (!?)
I'm not listening to the guidelines. I'm following my own sense of what is 'safe'. I'm sure you are making the same decision for yourself and your family. Be well.