Following the announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has been confirmed that the mask mandate on airplanes and mass transit systems will be extended for a further 15 days. This news follows last month’s extension of the original order, which was set to expire later this week on April 18.
The new deadline of May 3 gives travelers slightly more time to prepare for their journeys while also providing extra reassurance that precautions are still being taken against the spread of Covid-19. Since first being introduced in early 2020, airlines have made it a requirement for passengers to wear masks during flights as part of measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. However, this only became a mandatory rule under President Biden’s administration in early 2021.
The CDC states that its decision to extend the mandate is due to recent increases in cases across America, with some regions seeing worrying spikes in hospitalizations and deaths. With this in mind, extending the order provides vital protection against any resurgence of infections that could overload healthcare systems once again.
Although it may not be popular with everyone, complying with face-covering guidelines whilst using public transport is crucial if we are to keep each other safe during these ongoing pandemic times. So please remember: when traveling by plane or train over the next fortnight – don’t forget your mask!
Why people are so reluctant to wear masks?
There are several reasons why people may be reluctant to wear masks. People may not believe that masks are effective at preventing the transmission of COVID-19. They may find wearing a mask to be uncomfortable or inconvenient. They may worry that wearing a mask will signal to others that they are sick.
When will the COVID-19 epidemic end?
It’s hard to say when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. It’s possible that it will continue for some time, although there is hope that it will eventually subside. The virus has caused a great deal of sickness and death, and it continues to spread in many parts of the world. However, there are also signs that the pandemic may be beginning to slow down in some areas. This is encouraging news, but it is still too early to say definitively when the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end.