The US Department of Justice said it wanted to wait for the opinion of the country’s main federal health agency, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), before making a decision.
necessary for public health against COVID-19.
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This call comes two days after a federal judge considered that the health authorities exceeded their prerogatives by requiring the wearing of a mask in transport, for example on planes, on trains or even on buses.
In the process, the country’s major airlines abandoned the mask constraint, followed by the rail company Amtrak and by transport car companies with driver (VTC) like Uber.
Some officials later expressed concern that this decision by a magistrate who sits in Florida would have the effect, if left unchecked, of restricting the authority ofCDC in the future.
Fear of a complication of the situation
However, the call from the US government could complicate the situation and possibly create tension for travelers if the obligation to wear a mask is finally reinstated, when it is already difficult to comply with.
Wearing a mask is a very delicate subject, especially for stewards and flight attendants, who for two years have had to deal with the reluctance of many passengers, some of whom have even become violent.
The agency responsible for air transport safety in the United States, the FAA, has yet to be reported to 744 mask-related incidents since the start of the year.
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As we have already said, wearing a mask is especially beneficial in very crowded and poorly ventilated places.they added.
The health agency clarified that it will continue to constantly assess the health situation to determine whether such an obligation remains necessary in the future.
She had decided last week to extend the obligation to wear a mask on public transport at least until May 3.
Currently, the United States is again seeing an increase in daily COVID-19 cases linked to Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant.