The Biden administration is extending a mask mandate for airplanes and transit for 15 days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
The mandate was set to expire after April 18, following a one-month extension announced in March. Airlines have required masks on planes since early in the pandemic in 2020, but the Biden administration made them mandatory in early 2021.
What We Know:
- The Biden administration is extending the transportation mask mandate for an additional 15 days.
- The U.S. has repeatedly extended the mask mandate during the pandemic.
- Airlines have urged the Biden administration to drop the mandate and international travel rules.
- A new variant, BA.2, a subvariant of Omicron was detected in the US in late March. It’s since spread across the country.
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