Federal judge revokes mask mandates on planes, public transportation

St. Petersburg, Florida – A federal judge in Florida has struck down a national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation, more than the authority of US health officials.

decision US District Judge Katherine Kimball Mizell in Tampa also said on Monday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unreasonably failed to justify its decision and did not follow the appropriate rule of thumb under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

“The court has concluded that the mask mandate exceeds CDC’s statutory authority and violates the agency’s rule-making procedures under the APA,” the judge wrote. “Accordingly, the court vacated the mandate and referred it to the CDC.”

Recently the CDC Mask mandate extendedWhich was due to end on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus that now accounts for the majority of cases in the US.

The Trump-nominated judge also wrote that the court “accepts the CDC’s policy determination that requiring masks will limit COVID-19 transmission and thereby reduce serious illness and death on COVID-19 occasions” but ” This finding in itself is not enough.” Establish a good cause.”

The requirement for masks for passengers was the target of months of lobbying by airlines, which sought to kill it. The carriers argued that the effective air filters on modern aircraft make transmission of the virus during a flight highly unlikely. Republicans in Congress also fought to kill the mandate.

Critics have captured the fact that states have rolled back rules requiring masks in restaurants, stores and other indoor settings, and yet since the Omicron version peaked in mid-January, COVID-19 There has been a sharp decline in cases.

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