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CDC reiterates recommendation for masks on planes and trains

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reiterated their recommendation that Americans wear masks on planes, trains and buses, despite a court ruling last month that overturned a nationwide mask mandate on transportation public.

Americans ages 2 and older should wear a properly fitting mask on public transportation, including at airports and train stations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended, citing the current spread of the coronavirus and projections for future COVID-19 trends.

For months, the Transportation Security Administration had enforced a requirement that passengers and workers wear masks.

The government had extended the term several times, and the last was due to expire on May 3. But a federal judge in Florida overturned the rule on April 18. On the same day, the TSA said it would no longer enforce the warrant.

The CDC asked the Justice Department to appeal the decision, which the department did. On Tuesday, CDC officials declined to comment on the status of the appeal. DOJ officials did not immediately respond to a request for information.


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