US Travel Mask Mandate Shot Down By Florida U.S. District Judge

A federal judge in Florida on Monday overturned the U.S. travel mask mandate, saying health officials overstepped their bounds in setting the requirement.

In her 59-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle also wrote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to justify the mandate, which requires passengers on plans, trains, buses and other forms of mass transportation to wear protective facial coverings. "Because our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends, the court declares unlawful and vacates the mask mandate," Mizelle concluded.

The CDC recently extended the mask mandate to May 3rd to allow more time to analyze the new BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus.

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