The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be extending the public transportation mask mandate until April 18.

The Centers For Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) made the recommendation while it works on a “revised policy,” as key COVID-19 metrics continue to decline.

“CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor,” The CDC said in a press release Thursday. “This revised framework will be based on the COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science. We will communicate any updates publicly if and/or when they change.”

The mask mandate applies guests and employees on airplanes, busses, trains, ships, ferries, subways, taxis and rideshares.

On Feb. 25, the CDC adjusted its recommendation for school transportation, removing the mask requirement buses and vans in both public and private school settings.

The ruling came at a time where school mask regulations began to soften throughout the country, including L.A. County.

“CDC is making this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 schools and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level,” The CDC said in its order. “School systems at their discretion may choose to require that people wear masks on buses or vans.”

 

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