Apr 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

TSA extends mask mandate through Sept. 13

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The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that masks would continue to be required for all transportation networks through Sept. 13.

Why it matters: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week said fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors without masks. But mask-wearing indoors is still highly advised by the Biden administration.

What they're saying: “The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” Darby LaJoye, senior official performing the duties of the TSA administrator, said in a news release.

  • “Right now, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic," LaJoye added.
  • "We will continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate the need for these directives and recognize the significant level of compliance thus far.”
  • Masks are required on airplanes, in airports and on commuter bus and rail systems, TSA said.

Of note: While Friday's announcement extends the date of enforcement, all other elements of TSA's rules remain unchanged, including exemptions and civil penalties.

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