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The Biden administration is extending the requirement of its mask for public transit for another 15 days. This means passengers still have to wear masks at airports, planes, buses, trains and transit hubs until May 3.
The mask travel requirement was set to expire this coming Monday.
According to a spokesman for the agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping its mask order “to assess the potential impact on serious illnesses, including hospital admissions and deaths and the capacity of the healthcare system”.
The spokesman further confirmed that the Transportation Security Administration, which manages the enforcement of the order, is extending its safety guidelines and emergency corrections for another 15 days.
The decision was made in response to the growing proliferation of Omicron submarines in the United States and the 7-day moving average, which has risen nearly 10% nationally in the past two weeks. Some states are seeing huge growth in new cases.