Connect with us

Public Transport

US to Extend Public Transport Mask Mandate Until January 18



Bus Displays Sign That People Must Wear Their Masks | US to Extend Public Transport Mask Mandate Until January 18 | featured

The White House said Tuesday that they will extend the mask mandate for public transport. Instead of September 13, the mask requirements will extend until January 18.

RELATED: Businesses, Not Government, Are Mandating COVID Responses

Transportation Security Administration Extends Mask Mandate In Public Transport

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson confirmed the extension. He said that instead of September 13, the mandate will push through until January 18. It aims “to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” he said.

The TSA partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Together, they called up major US airlines Tuesday. They informed them of the planned extension.

The extension reiterates their recognition of the Delta variant's impact. The deadly COVID-19 variant remains responsible for a majority of new cases. As a result, public transport remains a risk for Americans, especially the unvaccinated.

Extended Mask Mandate

The mandate extension comes as US airlines consider requiring vaccines for their employees. Meanwhile, Canada said it will complete vaccinations for all airline passengers.

Last Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said there are no similar talks. The government has yet to require vaccines for American passengers.

A union of flight attendants, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, welcomed the extension. Union President Sara Nelson said the extension “will help” keep everyone safe.

The current CDC order on mask-wearing remains in effect since Biden took office. It requires the wearing of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation. Passengers on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, and ride-shares will need masks. The mandate also applies to commuters in transportation hubs like airports or stations.

Friction Among Riding Public

Implementing a mask mandate in public transport didn’t come without problems. Many Americans refused to wear masks, especially onboard US airlines. However, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a “zero tolerance” enforcement effort. Unruly passengers who refuse to wear masks get booted off the plane. To date, airlines reported more than 2,867 passengers resisting the mandate.

Since the pandemic, the TSA recorded at least 85 assaults on agency officials. In some states, transportation hubs remain the only places requiring masks. After lifting masks for vaccinated Americans, the CDC reversed its policy last July. It asked all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, to continue wearing masks. The mandate applies to about 94% of US counties.

Republicans Still Oppose Public Transport Mask Mandate

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers introduced bills opposing mask mandates in public transport. In addition, other GOP lawmakers want fully vaccinated Americans exempted from the requirements.

However, the CDC insists on the mandate’s effectiveness. Marty Cetron is the CDC official who signed the mask mandate rule. He said that wearing masks while using public transport is effective against COVID-19.

“Masks are really powerful and we should make sure they're part of our arsenal,” Cetron said. He added that unvaccinated Americans are more vulnerable.

Watch the Reuters video reporting that the US will extend the COVID-19 transport mask mandate through January 18:

Do you agree that Americans riding in public transport should wear masks?

Please Select One:

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Do you commute using public transport? Also, do you agree that passengers should wear masks when using public transportation? Do you think it helps prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant?

Let us know what you think. Share your comments below.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2023 The Capitalist. his copyrighted material may not be republished without express permission. The information presented here is for general educational purposes only. MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that this website has an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the persons or businesses mentioned in or linked to from this page and may receive commissions from purchases you make on subsequent web sites. You should not rely solely on information contained in this email to evaluate the product or service being endorsed. Always exercise due diligence before purchasing any product or service. This website contains advertisements.


Is THE newsletter for…


Stay up-to-date with the latest kick-ass interviews, podcasts, and more as we cover a wide range of topics, in the world of finance and technology. Don't miss out on our exclusive content featuring expert opinions and market insights delivered to your inbox 100% FREE!