Headline RoundupMarch 11th, 2022

Federal Mask Mandate for Public Transit Extended

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Passengers on public transit will be required to wear a COVID-19 face mask until at least next month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will extend the federal COVID-19 mask mandate for airplanes, trains and other forms of public transit will be extended until at least April 18. It was set to expire Friday. The announcement said the extension will give the CDC time to "inform a revised policy framework" for mask-wearing on public transit "based on the Covid-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science." Federal mask guidance has eased in recent weeks, as the CDC rolled back requirements in most of the U.S. last month. No statewide mask mandates will be in effect once Hawaii's expires on March 26.

Reports across the spectrum highlighted some voices who argued that the extension was unneeded. Some coverage from left- and center-rated sources focused on how TSA says the extended mandate will give the CDC time to develop new policy. Some reports from right-rated sources framed the extended mandate as unnecessary and being at odds with overall CDC guidance.

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