(FiveNation.com)- Even after the Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance on mask-wearing and both the White House and Congress have dropped their own mask mandates, American travelers will reportedly be expected to continue wearing masks while on planes and trains.
The mask mandates were dropped right before President Joe Biden gave his State of the Union address, giving him an opportunity to address a maskless crowd and giving the American people some kind of sense of normality – even if that normality has still not really returned.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control changed its federal mask guidance, telling counties across the United States that are considered to be “low” or “medium” risk to drop the mandates, while areas at higher risk should maintain them. The move only came, however, after Democratic governors and mayors across the country began relaxing their own mandates after seeing a substantial reduction in COVID cases in February.
During a press briefing on Friday, the director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, said that despite the new guidance, “nothing will change in our travel corridors.”
So, if you’re traveling on public transportation, you’ll still need to wear a mask. The mask mandate implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also only set to expire on March 18, and a spokesperson for the agency told the press that they would not comment on whether they had any plans to extend that deadline even further.
The spokesperson certainly didn’t indicate that the mandate would be dropped.
Remember when they would tell us this was all about following the science?
Well, no “science” has been presented to suggest that people are more likely to spread and catch COVID-19 on planes and trains than they are in a supermarket.
So what gives?