The CDC has published new guidelines that say that people who are fully vaccinated should not wear masks outside in most cases.
But masks will still be a must if you travel by plane, train or bus this summer.
The Transport Security Administration on Friday expanded its mask requirements for planes, airports, trains, rail systems and other modes of transport until September 13th.
The term, which began on February 1st, was due to expire on May 11th.
“The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in public transportation,” said Darby Ladjoy, a senior TSA official. “Currently, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination and masks remain an important tool in overcoming this pandemic. We will continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess the need for these directives and to recognize the significant level of compliance to date. “
The TSA said that exemptions from the face mask requirement for passengers under 2 years of age and those with certain disabilities will continue. So are the fines for non-compliance. Fines range from $ 250 to $ 1,500 for recidivists.
Stewardesses, airlines and others are pushing for an extension.
During a meeting of the U.S. Senate subcommittee earlier this month, the president of the largest union of flight attendants said airlines still needed the support of the federal government to enforce passengers’ requirements for their masks.
“We are still in the middle of a crisis,” said Sarah Nelson, president of the CWA, during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Aviation Safety, Operation and Innovation. it is important to acknowledge this and to continue the course here with mask policies, with all our diligence (s) in our efforts to provide the vaccine to all. “
Airlines began demanding masks at the start of the pandemic, but faced resistance from a minority of passengers and long sought the support of the federal government.
A major concern as airlines are gradually resuming food and beverage services, Nelson said: passengers will leave their masks off for long periods of time.
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