On Tuesday, Reuters was first to report that the Biden administration was set to extend the transportation mask mandate expiring on September 13 through January 18, 2022.
Passengers traveling on trains, buses, and airplanes must wear face masks through the new date.
Here’s an excerpt from Reuters:
President Joe Biden’s administration confirmed late on Tuesday it plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address ongoing COVID-19 risks.
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson confirmed the extension, first reported by Reuters. “The purpose of TSA’s mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” the spokesperson said
Major U.S. airlines were informed of the planned extension on a call with TSA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday, four people briefed on the matter said.
The vaccination rate progress has stalled in the United States, giving the virus plenty of ground to go around.
Infection & Death Rates
The infection and death rates are again up in the United States.
The western world is battling with the fourth wave of Covid-19, and, at least, the most vulnerable groups will get another shot this fall/winter.
It would be easier for all of us if those that can be vaccinated would. But, unfortunately, the situation in western countries has turned to a pandemic of unvaccinated when it comes to deaths. Vaccinated can still get infected, but cases are usually mild or asymptomatic.