According to the Department of Justice, if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thinks it essential, it will appeal a verdict that abolished the COVID-19 mask mandates for public transit in the US.
When it is determined that the injunction is still needed to protect public health, both the Department of Justice and CDC will appeal, according to a joint statement from the two agencies. “Government officials are adamant that Congress has authorized CDC to use the authority it has been given to protect public health by ordering masking in the transportation corridor. We will keep working hard to protect this vital power.”
Attorney General Eric Holder claimed the federal mask order was “a legal exercise of authority Congress has given CDC to protect public health” in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, one day after it was overturned by a judge in Florida. “The Department will continue to work tirelessly to protect and preserve this essential authority.”
In response to a statement from the CDC, Coley said the Justice Department would submit an appeal if the agency believed a mandate was required for public health.
Last major federal pandemic law was thrown out after a federal judge decided to throw out the mask requirement on public transit, leading to a jumble of new locally developed restrictions reflecting the nation’s persistent divide about how to fight the infection.
US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa ruled that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had overstepped its authority in issuing the original health order that formed the basis for the TSA instruction. Moreover, she argued that the CDC had not followed proper rulemaking procedures when it issued the directive, which she said was fatally flawed.
Since the BA.2 omicron subvariant is now responsible for the majority of illnesses in the United States, the CDC has decided to prolong the mask mandate, which was supposed to expire on Monday, until May 3. However, that decision has been placed on hold as a result of the court ruling.
Several major airlines and airports have made the face mask optional after the judge’s judgment. These include Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and others. Passengers were still compelled to travel by public transportation in New York City; Chicago; Los Angeles; and Connecticut.
One of the last pandemic regulations in effect was the requirement for travelers to wear a full-face mask. Those in favor of the program said that it was still necessary, while those opposed argued that it was an example of government overreach.
“That’s up to them,” President Biden stated Tuesday when asked if individuals should continue to wear face masks on aircraft.
White House News Secretary Jen Psaki termed Judge Mizelle’s judgment “disappointing” during her press briefing on Monday.
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