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Justice Department appeals judge’s ruling to strike down federal mask mandate

Written by on April 23, 2022

At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, on April 19, 2022, in Arlington, Va. Evan Vucci/AP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Mask Up or not To Mask Up is the question?

The US Justice Department announced Tuesday it plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that voided the federal mask mandate for travelers if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes masking remains necessary.

The federal mask mandate was announced in January 2021. Before the judge’s decision, the mandate was set to last through at least May 3 after two extensions made by the Biden Administration. It required face coverings on airplanes, trains, buses and public transportation hubs.

As of Tuesday, every major U.S. airline and many airports said they would no longer enforce face coverings. Uber, Lyft, Coach USA, Megabus, Greyhound and Amtrak no longer require face masks.

“The department continues to believe that the order requiring masking in the transportation corridor is a valid exercise of the authority Congress has given CDC to protect the public health,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “If CDC concludes that a mandatory order remains necessary for the public’s health after that assessment, the Department of Justice will appeal the district court’s decision.”

Source: USA Today


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