The Biden Administration has now decided to further extend one of its most unpopular policies through March of 2022: a mask mandate for airplanes, trains and public transportation.
As The Hill reports:
The Biden administration will extend the requirement that passengers on domestic flights, trains, and public transportation wear face masks through mid-March amid concerns about the new omicron coronavirus variant.
President Biden will announce the policy on Thursday as part of a broader effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic during the winter months.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to extend the masks requirements through at least March 18, according to a White House fact sheet. The TSA last extended the mask mandate in August through January 2022.
Under the rules, individuals who do not comply with the mandate will face a minimum fine of $500 with repeat offenders facing fines as high as $3,000.
The administration has so far held off on requiring proof of vaccination for domestic travel, but that may change in the months ahead, in particular if the omicron variant worsens the state of the pandemic.