Following a court ruling to end travel mask mandates, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said masking remains “necessary” prompting the US Justice Department to file an appeal Wednesday night.
“It is CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the public health,” the CDC said in a statement Wednesday.
“CDC will continue to monitor public health conditions to determine whether such an order remains necessary. CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within CDC’s legal authority to protect public health.”
“An order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for public health,” said the CDC.
“In light of today’s assessment by the CDC that an order requiring masking in the transportation corridor remains necessary to protect the public health, the department has filed a notice of appeal,” the Justice Department said.
Mask requirements will not be immediately put back into place, as the appeal has to go through the proper processes and either get passed or rejected.
The Department of Justice announcement came after “a day of back and forth” in the White House, as President Joe Biden’s administration “faced a legal and political quandary” on whether to let the judge’s ruling stand or to fight it, reported the
New York Times.
The appeal could go to higher courts, such as the Supreme Court, and set long-lasting precedent for COVID-19 legal issues.
“Masks were critically important during the height of the pandemic,” but currently “required masking on public transportation is simply out of step with the current public health landscape,” the US Travel Association said Wednesday.
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