White House to appeal Covid mask ruling

Legal battle over federal mask mandate will continue as US Justice Department vows new appeal

The White House will seek to reinstate a federal mask requirement for public transit after the rule was overturned by a judge earlier this week, with the Justice Department citing a recent assessment by US health officials.

An appeal was filed Wednesday in a federal court in Tampa, Florida — shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked prosecutors to review the ruling nullifying Biden’s mask mandate on planes, trains and buses. was still necessary to protect the public.

The decision has been made “in light of today’s assessment by the CDC that an order requiring masking in the transportation corridor remains necessary to protect public health,” DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley told the Associated Press.

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US judge cancels mask mandate on planes and trains

President Joe Biden called for the mandatory wearing of masks in an executive order he signed shortly after taking office in January 2021. The CDC released its mandate to transport masks shortly afterward, but U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said Monday the agency did not. allow public input as normally required and fail to adequately explain the reasoning.

“The court concludes that the mask mandate exceeds the legal authority of the CDC and violates the procedures required by the agency’s regulations,” the judge said in her decision. “Therefore, the court releases the mandate and refers it to the CDC.”

While some government officials have nonetheless urged citizens to continue to follow the mask rule, Biden himself has been less determined on the matter, saying the decision “to them” [Americans]† at an event on Tuesday. Press secretary Jen Psaki echoed those comments a day later, acknowledging that, at least for now,“People are not required by law to wear masks.”

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