Biden administration will appeal ruling that lifted Covid mask mandate on travel

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  • Source: CNBC
  • 04/19/2022
The Biden administration said Tuesday it will likely appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Covid-19 mask mandates on planes and other forms of public transportation.

“The Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disagree with the district court’s decision and will appeal,” the DOJ said in a statement, “subject to CDC’s conclusion that the order remains necessary for public health.”

“If CDC concludes that a mandatory order remains necessary for the public’s health after that assessment, the Department of Justice will appeal the district court’s decision,” the DOJ said.

The Transportation Security Administration said it would stop enforcing mask rules hours after U.S. Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida, ruled Monday that the CDC overstepped its bounds when it mandated face coverings on planes, trains, buses and other forms of public transportation.