Politics Mask mandates on transit expected to be extended into March: report
New York County Reinstates Mask Mandate, Could Require COVID Vaccine for Indoor Dining
County authorities say if the mask mandate doesn't work by mid-December, the county will require vaccine mandates for indoor dining.Starting Tuesday, all individuals ages 2 and older must wear masks at all indoor public locations in Erie County. The mandate will require masks to be worn whether people are vaccinated or not in places such as bars and restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and banks, gyms and fitness centers and hair salons.
Mask mandates for transit - including on planes, trains and busses - are expected to be extended into March in the United States, sources to Reuters.
The Biden administration is expected to announce an extension on Thursday through March 18, 2022, sources told the news outlet. The news comes just hours after the U.S. detected its first confirmed case of the new COVID-19 omicron variant.
The Transportation Security Administration has extended its mask mandate for travelers taking different modes of transportation several times. The mask mandate was first in January in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Kansas Pushes to Pay Workers Unemployment Benefits if Fired for Not Getting COVID Vaccine
The legislation would also require employers to give religious exemptions to any worker who files a written request and bars them from questioning the request. The measure for unemployment benefits also eventually gained support among a group of initially divided Republican leaders.Some conservatives also argued that other measures, such as barring private businesses from requiring vaccination, should also be included, but GOP leaders vowed to cover other issues beginning in January, according to the AP.
The latest extension of the transit mask mandate in August, and was set to expire after Jan. 18.
However, the world is now grappling with a newly detected COVID-19 variant which the World Health Organization last week labeled a "variant of concern."
The U.S., United Kingdom and Israel are among the countries that put in place travel restrictions in response to the variant.
The heads of both the United Nations and WHO spoke out against the travel bans on Wednesday, while public health experts have warned such measures might dissuade countries from sharing COVID-19 information in the future
However, President Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci has defended the measures.
"Travel bans, when you have a highly transmissible virus, never completely ... prevent it from coming into the country. No way that's going to happen," Fauci host George Stephanopoulos during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "But what you can do is you can delay it enough to get us better prepared."
The Hill has reached out to the White House, TSA and Department of Transportation for comment.
From lawsuits to sleepless nights, parents rattled by school mask policies .
"They have taken away the best tool that we have to keep them safe," said a mom in Arkansas, one of a handful of states that have banned mask mandates in schools.Her daughter Lucy is too young to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and Arkansas is one of a handful of states that have banned schools from mandating masks.