Mask Mandate for Public Transportation to Be Extended Through January

The Biden administration has confirmed that travelers will have to continue to wear face coverings to help ward off Covid-19 variants.

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According to numerous news reports, President Joe Biden's administration plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses, and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18, 2022, to help ward off Covid-19 by reducing the spread of the virus, particularly the highly contagious Delta variant.

In support of the move, Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy for the U.S. Travel Association, said, “Extending the federal mask mandate for travel makes sense for the current health environment and has the travel industry’s full support. The universal wearing of masks in airports and on airplanes, trains and other forms of public transportation is both an effective safeguard against spreading the virus and boosts public confidence in traveling — both of which are paramount for a sustained economic recovery.”

Reuters has reported that major U.S. airlines were informed of the planned extension on a call with the Transportation Security Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

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