Justice Department will appeal mask mandate ruling if CDC says mandate is still needed – What We Know!

The Justice Division will enchantment a district decide’s determination to finish the nationwide masks mandate on public transit provided that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says the mandate remains to be essential, the division stated Tuesday in an announcement. The DOJ added that it disagrees with the district court docket’s determination.

On Monday, U.S. District Decide Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa voided the CDC’s requirement overlaying airplanes and different public transit, saying the mandate exceeded the authority of U.S. well being officers. Within the aftermath, the Transportation Safety Administration stated it could not implement the mandate.

The decide’s determination got here after the CDC prolonged the masks mandate, which had been set to run out Monday, by two weeks to offer researchers extra time to check the Omicron subvariant BA.2.   

“If CDC concludes {that a} obligatory order stays essential for the general public’s well being after that evaluation, the Division of Justice will enchantment the district court docket’s determination,” the Justice Division stated.

In an announcement Tuesday evening, the CDC stated it “continues to advocate that folks put on masks in all indoor public transportation settings.” 

“We are going to proceed to evaluate the necessity for a masks requirement in these settings, based mostly on a number of components, together with the U.S. COVID-19 group ranges, danger of circulating and novel variants, and developments in circumstances and illness severity,” the assertion added.

Nonetheless, the response to the ruling has been assorted. Some cities, together with New York Metropolis and Philadelphia, nonetheless require masks to be worn in airports and on public transportation, whereas others, resembling Houston and Atlanta, don’t. Even airways now have differing guidelines for masking, though most now say masks are optionally available for passengers. Amtrak has additionally stated masks are not required on trains or in stations.

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Requested Tuesday if individuals ought to nonetheless put on masks on planes, President Biden replied: “That’s as much as them,” in accordance with The Related Press.

Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious illness professional and editor-at-large for Kaiser Well being Information, advised “CBS Mornings” that the CDC’s extension was the “applicable” and “cautious” strategy.

“We all know that this virus mutates. In truth, it’s mutating very quickly,” she stated. “We are going to see extra variants, and we are going to see different pandemics after COVID. So I do assume the concept of stripping ourselves of an important device and toolbox is a extremely unhealthy thought.”

Victoria Albert contributed reporting.