Justice Department will appeal judge’s ruling to strike down federal mask mandate if CDC approves

Written by on April 19, 2022

Travelers wear protective masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus at the Philadelphia International Airport on April 19.

The Justice Division on Tuesday stated it plans to enchantment a federal judge’s ruling to void the federal masks mandate for vacationers if the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention believes that masking stays crucial.

“The division continues to imagine that the order requiring masking within the transportation hall is a legitimate train of the authority Congress has given CDC to guard the general public well being,” Justice stated in a statement.

“If CDC concludes {that a} obligatory order stays crucial for the general public’s well being after that evaluation, the Division of Justice will enchantment the district courtroom’s determination.”

USA TODAY has reached out to the CDC for remark. The agency says on its website that it’s going to not implement the masks mandate however continues to suggest that folks put on face coverings in indoor public transportation settings presently. 

The Justice Department’s announcement comes one day after plenty of airways and different travel-related firms determined to drop their masks mandates in mild of U.S. District Choose Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s ruling and the Transportation Safety Administration’s determination to not implement the mandate.

As of Tuesday, every major U.S. airline and lots of airports have stated they’d not implement face coverings. Uber, Lyft, Coach USA, Megabus, Greyhound and Amtrak are additionally not requiring face masks.

The federal masks mandate was first introduced in January 2021. Earlier than the decide’s determination, the federal masks mandate was set to final via at the very least Might 3. The mandate had required face coverings on airplanes, trains, buses and public transportation hubs.

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