CDC spurs DOJ to appeal ruling that lifted federal mask mandate
The Biden administration is appealing a federal judge’s ruling vacating the federal mask mandate for public transportation.
The Department of Justice announced that a notice of appeal had been filed Wednesday shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it was requesting the challenge — a condition the DOJ cited one day prior.
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“CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in all indoor public transportation settings,” the CDC said in its statement Wednesday evening. “CDC’s number one priority is protecting the public health of our nation.” Wearing masks is beneficial to people in “crowded or poorly ventilated” areas, the CDC added.
“When people wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over their nose and mouth in indoor travel or public transportation settings, they protect themselves, and those around them, including those who are immunocompromised or not yet vaccine-eligible,” the CDC said.
In light of today’s assessment by @CDCgov that an order requiring masking in the transportation corridor remains necessary to protect the public health, the Department has filed a notice of appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al.
— Anthony Coley (@AnthonyColeyDOJ) April 20, 2022
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Several airlines and other sources of public transportation dropped their masking rules after U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida, vacated the federal mask mandate Monday.
The federal mask mandate had been set to expire May 3 after it was extended last week by the Biden administration.
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