Though mask requirements have been lifted in many businesses and schools across America, face coverings are still required when traveling on public transportation.
More than 90 percent of the U.S. population are living in communities with low or medium COVID-19 case levels as of March 3, according to the Associated Press, and face masks are no longer recommended in public indoor settings by the CDC.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the mask mandate for travel to April 18 so the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more time to develop policies based on current COVID-19 case levels and the risk of new variants, according to the Associated Press.
In recent weeks, several British airlines, as well as London’s Heathrow Airport and Danish airports have lifted the mask requirement. The chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines asked President Biden on Wednesday to allow the mask mandate at airports and planes to expire next month.
“The persistent and steady decline of hospitalization and death rates are the most compelling indicators that our country is well protected against severe disease from COVID-19,” wrote the airline leaders in a letter to President Biden, according to The New York Times.
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