The Republican Party is not officially anti-mask or anti-vaccine. Their stance is to give people the choice of whether to follow the restrictions or not. So, in conservative/red areas, you'll still see pro-vaccine propaganda and signs encouraging masks, but there should be little-to-no overt coercion to comply, except in certain situations like a medical or state government office.Not in rural areas. It's all locals working for the County, they all know each other since elementary school, and good luck for an outsider to ever get one of those coveted cushy government jobs, especially positions with retirement package.
They'd never dare to challenge status the quo, working in any county position or even being a family member - or well-paid requirement bye-bye. In fact I saw some of them whine about masks back in 2020, but they zip it up and even their families all puts masks on in stores because they're afraid to get nixed. They're held by the balls, as there's little employment and can lose nice retirement money also.
I live in a purple state, and when I drive 45-minutes outside of my blue suburb, the amount of masks I see drops off precipitously. In fact, I would say that red areas in Democratic-controlled states are likely to be even more defiant of the restrictions, because they know by experience how close they are to complete loss of their freedoms.