Americans Demand Answers: Why Are Masks Still Required for Travel?

Congress Changes Mask Rules for Themselves While Americans Are Still Forced to Obey

( – Mask mandates have been a point of contention since the moment government officials initiated them. The White House and Congress dropped the directives for fully vaccinated employees as of the week of March 1 per new CDC guidance. But there are still a few lingering questions: why are face coverings still required for travel, and when will those mandates finally come to an end?

At the end of last week, the CDC decided to loosen its guidance regarding masks in counties at a decreased risk, noting the recent drop in new infections. However, on Friday, February 25, Director Rochelle Walensky said this revision only applied to communities, and “nothing will change in our travel corridors.”

Of course, those using public transportation must continue to abide by the federal law, even in communities deemed at low or medium risk. Additionally, on March 18, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) mandate expires, and there’s been no word on whether the agency plans to renew it for the third time.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is fed up with the mandate and has said he’ll “force a vote” to end it once and for all.

In the meantime, it’s business as usual for those who travel until either the CDC updates its guidance and the TSA agrees, or lawmakers like Paul continue to fight for American rights and finally get the law overturned.

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