UPDATE: CDC Not Enforcing Mask Mandate On Public Transportation Following Florida’s Court Decision

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A federal judge in Florida on Monday overturned the mask mandate for public transit, as well as airlines, vacating the Biden administration’s nation-wide directive in the process.

The ruling was handed down by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, who argued that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority with the mandate.

As reported by Fox News’ Peter Doocy on Monday, an administration official released a statement responding to Florida’s ruling. The statement noted that TSA will not require masks to be worn for public transportation as it assesses the decision.

“The agencies are reviewing the decision and assessing potential next steps. In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time,” the statement read. “Therefore, TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time. CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.”

“The ruling comes less than a week after the CDC had decided to extend the mandate for 15 days, amid a rise in Covid infections nationwide due to the more contagious omicron BA.2 subvariant,” wrote Spencer Kimball of CNBC.

Many local governments across the U.S. had already lifted mask mandates, but the CDC reached a decision just last week to extend the federal mandate for public transportation to at least May 3. Mizelle, however, indicated that the CDC needs to slow its roll.

Meanwhile, the CDC contended that it needed time to figure out if the rise in reported COVID-19 cases will mean more hospitalizations. All of it is a case of more guesswork by the agency.

It had no immediate comment on the decision, telling Fox News that the “CDC doesn’t comment on pending litigation.”

“The CDC recently changed the metrics that underpin its public health recommendations, placing a greater emphasis on hospitalizations rather than relying mostly on infections,” Kimball wrote. “Under the CDC’s current guidance, most Americans live in areas where they no longer need to wear masks indoors.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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  1. I hope everyone has noted over the last two years how all the mask enforcement people mindlessly obeyed for two years then turned it off like a light switch hoping we’d all forget. The fact so many so quickly and easily turned on their neighbors treating them like cattle in the name of keeping a crap job is not exactly leaving everyone feeling warm and fuzzy about their neighbor’s actual care for them and their family. It’s not a societal trajectory pointing towards a bright future in the next crisis we meet. Now I’m worried what those same people “won’t” enforce just to keep a job the next time. “Here just drink this koolaid, take this tablet, and lie down in your seat. FAA said you have to. If you refuse we will arrest you and your children!!! Sorry, it’s just my job haha.”

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