A Florida federal judge on Monday dismissed the Biden administration’s Covid national mask warrant for aircraft and other public transportation, ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exceeded its mandate.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of Tampa said the CDC did not properly explain the reasons for the warrant, and did not accept public comment in violation of federal procedures for issuing new rules. Mizelle was nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2020.
The Transportation Security Administration will not enforce the mask order on public transportation after a court ruling, a Biden administration official said. However, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks on public transportation, the official said.
Passengers travel to Miami International Airport on September 3, 2021 before the start of Labor Day weekend in Miami, Florida.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a press conference on Monday that the administration is reviewing the court’s ruling and will decide whether to appeal to the Justice Department. The Justice Department declined to be questioned by CNBC.
The Freedom of Health Fund, a group opposed to public health orders, and wearing masks while flying increased the anxiety and panic attacks as the two people first filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration in July 2021. The CDC’s mandate also applied to trains. buses, taxis and travel sharing among other public transport.
The court ruling extended the term of the CDC mask for less than 15 days and reached less than a week as a result of a nationwide rise in Covid infections as a result of the more contagious BA.2 sub-variant. The U.S. reported an average of nearly 35,000 new infections in seven days as of Friday, a 36 percent increase over the past two weeks, according to CDC data.
While state and local authorities across the country have lifted mask orders, the CDC decided last week to keep federal public transportation requirements in effect until May 3. The agency said it needed time to assess whether there would be a recent rise in Covid infections. impact on hospital capacity.
The companies have repeatedly asked the Biden administration to revoke the order of the mask and other restrictions, such as pre-departure tests for all international arrivals, including citizens.
The CDC’s decision to extend its public transportation mandate last week was contrary to easing the agency’s health recommendations in most other areas of daily life. Under the current leadership of the CDC, most Americans live in areas where restaurants, bars, shops, and other public places inside should not use masks.
The agency has recently changed the measures in line with its public health recommendations, with a greater emphasis on hospitalizations rather than on infections. Hospitalizations and infections have dropped by more than 90% since the peak of the winter omicron wave in January.
– CNC’s Leslie Josephs contributed to this report.
The TSA will not enforce the mask order on public transportation after the court ruling
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