US keeps in place mask requirement on planes, transit

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A requirement that people on airplanes and other means of transportation in the United States must wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place until at least September 13, the Transportation Security Administration said on Friday.

The mandate that came into force on February 1st expired on May 11th.

Darby Lajoye, the acting TSA administrator, said at the announcement of the expansion that masks “remain an important tool in fighting this pandemic” even though roughly half of adults in the US have received a vaccine.

The rule requires people to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on all transportation networks in the United States. This also applies to airports, buses and trains. This does not apply to people under 2 years of age and with certain disabilities.

Penalties for breaking the rule start at $ 250 and can go up to $ 1,500 for repeat offenders.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that fully vaccinated people can travel, but their guidelines continue to require the use of masks, social distancing, and other measures to prevent the virus.

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