The Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal a court ruling that struck down the federal government’s mask mandate for travelers — but only if the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines the mandate is still necessary to protect public health.
“The Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disagree with the district court’s decision and will appeal, subject to CDC’s conclusion that the order remains necessary for public health,” spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.
“The Department continues to believe that the order requiring masking in the transportation corridor is a valid exercise of the authority Congress has given CDC to protect the public health. That is an important authority the Department will continue to work to preserve,” Coley said.
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