a federal judge said monday that the Biden administration could not require the use of masks on planes and public transport. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the authority to introduce a mask mandate and did not follow the proper rules to implement a mandate, US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle wrote in failure.
The mask mandate has been in place since January 2021. The CDC last week extended it through May 3. It was scheduled to expire on April 18, the same day the judge handed down the sentence.
Public transportation was one of the last places masks were reliably required in the United States; most states and cities have abandoned their mandates, although Some have reintroduced indoor mask rules in the face of rising COVID-19 cases. the CDC said in february that masks were no longer needed on school buses.
The Biden administration and the CDC have yet to comment or announce plans to appeal the decision.