Public transportation mask mandate extended

The requirement to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and in transit facilities was set to expire on March 18, but a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said that the agency will extend it by a month while creating new policies.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforces the masking mandates and can fine noncompliant travelers $500 to $3,000.

What will the new policy be? The CDC recently released new COVID-19 community levels metrics, which show more than 90 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas with low or medium coronavirus transmission.

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As of March 3, the agency no longer recommends masking indoors, though state and local governments can still enforce their own rules. The official said the CDC is working on a “revised policy framework” in light of declining infection rates and severity.

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2022, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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