Masks are suddenly falling off public transportation in the United States. The reason: The CDC “exceeded its authority” with the corresponding order, according to a Florida judge’s ruling published Monday. The procedure for these regulations has not been followed.
A Tampa court overturned the ruling and returned it to the Board of Health. For now, passengers on planes, trains and other means of transport will not have to wear masks.
The recommendation still stands
A government official said Monday evening (local time): “The authorities are reviewing the decision and studying other possible steps.” Currently, the mask requirement approved by the CDC is no longer in effect. The Transportation Security Authority (TSA) will not initially enforce the regulations. However, the CDC still recommends wearing masks on public transportation.
President Joe Biden, 79, made masks mandatory on public transportation shortly after taking office in January 2021. A few days later, the CDC’s health authority ordered mouth and nose guards to be worn on planes, ships, ferries, trains and the metro Tunnels, buses, taxis and similar means of transportation.
Just extended through May
The obligation also applies at airports, train stations and ports. The regulation has been extended several times, most recently until the beginning of May. In recent months, there has been increasing resistance, including from airlines. (SDA)
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