The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for airlines to comply with a new mask requirement by one month. Travelers will be required to use masks in accordance with U.S. CBP standards beginning on October 18th, 2018
The “when will the federal mask mandate expire” is a question that many people ask. The answer to this question is that it was extended for one month.
The federal air travel mask mandate has been extended for another month.
on March 10, 2022 by Gary Leff
The Biden administration was hesitant to let the federal transportation mask rule expire for fear of seeming foolish if Covid-19 instances resurfaced. They are aware, though, that the mandate is nearing its end. Indoor mask laws are being phased out in every state (or has already done so). Even if fabric masks worked against the Omicron variety, this rule would be ineffective by itself.
The federally mandated mask requirement for commercial airplanes, airports, trains, and buses was slated to expire on March 18th. It has been extended till April 18th. That one-month extension, issued only eight days before the regulation was set to expire, is the shortest ever. And, barring unexpected circumstances, it will very likely be the last.
Here’s the alert that went out at 11 a.m. RTRS US WILL EXTEND THE MASK REQUIREMENT ON AIRPLANES, TRAIN, BUS, AND IN TRANSIT HUBS THROUGH APRIL 18 – ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL
March 10, 2022 — davidshepardson (@davidshepardson)
The 7-day moving average of confirmed cases is already down 95% from its high. Boosters are inexpensive and effective in preventing hospitalization. Treatments are now much more widely accessible. And the nation as a whole is transitioning from ‘delay cases’ (bending the curve to preserve hospital capacity and allowing infections to occur when greater protection is available) to living with a less virulent strain: get vaccinated, remain at home when ill, and seek treatment swiftly if needed.
The goal of the transportation mask requirement was never to find the most efficient method to limit the transmission of disease. The masks that are allowed are ineffective, and airline cabin conditions are safer than restaurants and bars. Instead, it was about politics: transportation may involve federal authorities, and the rule they could muster, not the one that would help, was the one they could come up with. They don’t seem to be ‘giving up the battle’ any more.
Politics, on the other hand, necessitates that the mask requirement be withdrawn. Control of the House and Senate is in doubt as the government heads into midterm elections. They don’t want to be perceived as outdated and out of touch by putting laws on individuals. That’s especially true today, with rising gas costs and markets retreating in the face of inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
I predicted that the mandate would expire before the midterm elections since it was issued at the start of 2021. In 2022, I predicted that there would be another extension, this time for two months, although I was unsure. Though a one-month extension was predicted, it’s past time for the mask mandate and the mandatory testing to enter the United States to be lifted.
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The “federal mask mandate update” is a change in the regulations that has been extended by one month. The new deadline is October 31st, 2017.
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