According to the Daily Wire, The Joe Biden administration is extending his federal mask mandate covering air, train, and bus transportation into 2022.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Tuesday that the agency was extending President Joe Biden’s mask mandate through at least January 18, 2022, according to Reuters. As one of his first acts in office, Biden put the mask mandate in place and has now extended it twice to keep it in place for nearly an entire year.
“The purpose of TSA’s mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” a TSA spokesperson said.
The Associated Press reported: “The mask mandate has been controversial and has led to many encounters between passengers who don’t want to wear a mask and flight attendants asked to enforce the rule. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that airlines have reported 3,889 incidents involving unruly passengers this year, and 2,867 — or 74% — involved refusing to wear a mask.”
The TSA has not backed off its mask order despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that vaccinated people no longer needed to wear a mask except on rare occasions. The CDC later revised its guidance again, offering more restrictive advice and telling even fully vaccinated people to wear a mask indoors.
Rep Thomas Massie responded to the news on Twitter, “Just when you thought it could end, COVID-2019 mask mandate officially extended to 2022.”
Just when you thought it could end, COVID-2019 mask mandate officially extended to 2022.https://t.co/S4wjuFhzek
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) August 18, 2021