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Federal Judge Voids Mask Mandate on Airplanes and Public Transportation

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A federal judge in Florida has voided the mask mandate for airplanes and other public transportation.

The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa stated “the mandate exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority.”

The ruling also said the agency improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking.

The Biden Administration last week expanded the mask mandate for 15 days.

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AP reported:

The CDC recently extended the mask mandate, which was set to expire on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.

The mask requirement for travelers was the target of months of lobbying from the airlines, which sought to kill it. The carriers argued that effective air filters on modern planes make transmission of the virus during a flight highly unlikely. Republicans in Congress also fought to kill the mandate.

Critics have seized on the fact that states have rolled back rules requiring masks in restaurants, stores and other indoor settings, and yet COVID-19 cases have fallen sharply since the omicron variant peaked in mid-January.

Read the complete ruling HERE.

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