ORLANDO, Fla.—Airports, city subways and transportation companies were split on allowing travelers to remove their masks for the first time in over a year Tuesday, following the abrupt end to America’s mask mandate on mass transport, including on board aircraft.
On Monday, a Florida federal judge declared the Biden administration’s Covid-19 mask mandate for public transportation unlawful, throwing out its requirement that travelers in the U.S. wear masks on airplanes, trains, taxis, buses and other forms of mass transit.
Soon after, a Biden administration official said the mandate is no longer in effect while the government considers its next steps. The White House on Tuesday said the Justice Department was weighing whether it would appeal the ruling, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying these reviews typically take a few days.
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