Airplane, public transportation COVID-19 mask mandates extended – Boston 25 News
the Transportation Security Administration announced on Thursday that it was extending the mask mandate on public transport.
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The current mask mandate is due to expire on March 18 BNC News reported.
It will now expire on April 18, The Associated Press reported. The extension gives the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more time to establish new guidelines to ease the mandate.
The TSA is enforcing mask mandates on public transportation, the PA reported.
CNN was one of the first to report that federal officials told members of the airline industry that they would announce a 30-day extension of the mandate with official word coming as early as Thursday.
It was confirmed by the CST A little after.
Currently, passengers on all public transport, including planes, trains, buses and transport hubs like airports, must always wear masks, CNN reported.
Two industry officials, as well as a government official, told CNN the extension could be lifted early if COVID-19 transmission rates drop sufficiently nationwide. CNN however, did not specify what the threshold would be.
Earlier this month, the CDC changed the way it categorizes COVID-19 transmission, meaning that in areas considered low or medium COVID-19 community levels, wearing masks in public does not is more recommended in indoor environments, the PA reported.
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