The Brandon Administration is set to extend mask mandates for public transportation to continue until April 18.
CNN reported yesterday:
The Transportation Security Administration is set to extend the federal public transportation mask mandate for another 30 days, an administration official told CNN, pointing to guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The mandate is one of the last remaining broad requirements that Americans wear masks in public places. It applies to mass transportation including planes, trains, buses and hubs like airports.
The official’s comments came after CNN reported that federal officials began notifying stakeholders in the airline industry of the upcoming announcement. Three sources, including two industry officials and a government official, described the conversations to CNN on the condition of anonymity.
The requirement, which now extends to April 18, was previously set to expire a week from Friday, and the policy will be reviewed over the next month, the official said.
“During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor,” the official said. “This revised framework will be based on the Covid-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science. We will communicate any updates publicly if and/or when they change.”
Since the policy of requiring individuals to wear masks on planes, there have been many incidents of abuse and violence. Here is one such example below:
The science behind wearing masks to date is lacking empirical evidence as to whether they work in preventing an individual from contracting COVID-19.
Now the Brandon gang wants to extend this policy that many ask why it was put in place in the first place.