The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reiterated its recommendation that everyone aged two and older should wear masks when using public transportation such as trains, airplanes, and buses.
The announcement was made by the CDC on its official website.
“At this time, CDC recommends that everyone aged 2 and older – including passengers and workers – properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, etc.) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations, etc.).
“When people properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator, they protect themselves and those around them, and help keep travel and public transportation safer for everyone. Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated locations, such as airport jetways.
“We also encourage operators of public transportation and transportation hubs to support mask wearing by all people, including employees,” the CDC’s announcement read.
The CDC stated that its public health recommendation is based on currently available data, including the trends in COVID-19 Community Levels within the United States and projections of COVID-19 trends in the coming months.
The use of masks has been a polarizing topic among Americans, especially as officials and supporters of the current administration have been spotted without masks in public spaces. The Transportation Security Administration, for its part, had been enforcing a mask requirement for passengers and workers.
The Biden administration had repeatedly extended the mandate, but a federal judge in Florida struck down the rule on April 18. On the same day, the TSA stated that it would no longer be enforcing the mask mandate, according to a report from the Associated Press. This led to much celebration among Americans, many of whom had been forced to wear masks for a long time.
The CDC had asked the Justice Department to appeal its decision. As of Tuesday, CDC officials have not issued a comment about the status of its appeal.