The US government is appealing the lifting of the mask requirement in traffic

The US government announced on Wednesday that it would appeal the court decision that removed the requirement to wear masks on public transport in the US earlier in the week.

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The Justice Department said it would await comment from the country’s main federal health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), before making a decision.

The CDC finally asked him on Wednesday to appeal because wearing a mask in traffic against Covid-19 was still “necessary for public health reasons.”

“In light of the CDC’s assessment (…) the Justice Department has initiated an appeals process,” said US State Department spokesman Anthony Coley.

This appeal comes two days after a federal judge ruled that public health officials have exceeded their powers by mandating the wearing of a mask in traffic, such as on planes, trains or even buses.

The country’s major airlines gave up the mask requirement, followed by the rail company Amtrak or VTC companies such as Uber.

Some officials later feared that a Florida-based judge’s move, if left unaddressed, would result in the CDC’s authority being curtailed going forward.

But the US government’s call could complicate the situation and potentially create tension for travelers if the requirement to wear a mask is finally reinstated when it was already difficult to comply with.

Wearing a mask is a very sensitive issue, especially for stewards and flight attendants who have had to deal with the restraint of many passengers for the last two years, some of whom have turned violent. The FAA, the authority responsible for aviation safety in the USA, has reported 744 incidents in connection with the mask since the beginning of the year.

“The CDC believes that, at this time, an ordinance mandating the wearing of masks for indoor transportation remains a public health necessity,” they wrote in a press release.

“As we have already said, wearing a mask brings benefits especially in very crowded and poorly ventilated places,” they added.

The health agency said it will continue to continuously assess the health situation to determine whether such a commitment is needed going forward.

Last week she decided to extend the mask requirement on public transport at least until May 3rd.

The United States is now again seeing an increase in daily cases of Covid-19 linked to the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.

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