WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — If your plans include flying, you can leave your face mask at home after federal authorities stopped enforcing the CDC’s travel mask mandate, at least for now.
The decision came after a federal judge in Florida ruled that the mask mandate exceeded CDC authority, meaning masks are now optional for passengers on flights and other types of transportation.
The reaction was mixed when signs about the federal mask mandate began to fall and federal authorities stopped enforcing the mask mandate on Monday.
One person called it a “good surprise”, while another said it was important to “understand that this is a personal choice”.
Rail systems, flight crews and others have also begun announcing that masks are now optional, following a Florida federal judge’s ruling that the mask mandate exceeds the authority of the CDD.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the decision “disappointing.”
“The CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask on public transportation,” she continued.
PSAKI explained why the mask mandate needed to be in place for at least two more weeks.
“To be able to evaluate the latest scientific advances, consistent with its responsibility to protect the American people,” she said.
Part of the data under review is the number of COVID-19 cases which are again on the rise in some parts of the country.
The White House said the CDC and DHS, which is the agency implementing the mask mandate, are reviewing the court’s decision before the government decides whether to appeal the judge’s decision.
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