Time to Lift Mask Mandates? US Judge Says Yes

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A federal judge in Florida, US, has ruled against mandatory mask requirements on flights, trains and buses in the US.

  • US Federal Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle noted that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had failed to explain its reason for a mask mandate and had overstepped its authority.
  • While the CDC continues to recommend passengers on bus, trains and planes continue wearing masks, the Transportation Security Administration has said it will not enforce these mandates.
  • The Department of Justice has said that if CDC deems the mask requirement as necessary for public health, the Florida judge’s ruling will be appealed.
  • Major airlines such as American, Delta, United have lifted mandatory mask requirements on their flights.
  • The Association of Flight Attendants has taken a neutral stand. While most flight attendants would continue wearing masks, they are relieved that they won’t have to act as a mask-police on flights.
  • Public health experts in the US are worried that this ruling going ahead unappealed would set a bad precedent for future measures by public health agencies in situations of health emergencies.
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