President Joe Biden’s administration plans to extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address ongoing COVID-19 risks, three sources told Reuters.
Major U.S. airlines were informed of the planned extension on a call with the TSA and CDC on Tuesday, the three people briefed on the matter said. A separate call with aviation unions is planned for Wednesday, a source said.
A group of Republican lawmakers in July introduced legislation to prohibit mask mandates for public transport, and other Republicans want the CDC to exempt fully vaccinated Americans from the requirements.
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