Despite a court judgment last month that set down a nationwide mask mandate on public transportation, US health officials reiterated their suggestion that Americans wear masks on aircraft, trains, and buses on Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans aged 2 and up to use well-fitting masks while using public transportation, particularly at airports and railway stations, noting the present spread of coronavirus and forecasts of future COVID-19 trends.
The Transportation Security Administration had been requiring passengers and personnel to wear masks for months.
The mandate has been frequently extended by the administration, with the most recent one slated to expire on May 3. However, on April 18, a federal court in Florida overturned the order. The TSA said the following day that it will no longer enforce the requirement.
The CDC requested that the Justice Department appeal the ruling, which it did. Officials from the CDC declined to comment on the appeal’s progress on Tuesday. Officials from the Department of Justice did not immediately reply to a request for information.