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Canada To Drop All COVID Protocols For Travelers

The CBC reports: The federal government says it’s dropping all COVID-19 measures at borders on Saturday, meaning travellers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination when entering Canada or wear masks on planes and trains. As of Oct. 1, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to: -provide proof of vaccination; -Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing; …

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New York Gov Drops Mask Mandate For Mass Transit

The New York Daily News reports: New York transit riders are allowed to uncover their faces for the first time in more than two years. Gov. Hochul on Wednesday dropped the mask requirement that’s been in effect for the state’s public transportation systems since April 2020, when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a mandate in the early days of the …

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NYC Issues Mask Advisory As Cases Surge Once Again

New York City’s CBS affiliate reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID is a concern in New York City. All five boroughs have a “high” community level and that’s prompting local health officials to recommend New Yorkers wear masks again. The city is up to a 15.4 percent positivity rate. But going back to wearing masks might …

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CDC Drops Mask Advisory From Monkeypox Alert

Reuters reports: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday it had removed a mask recommendation from its monkeypox travel notice to avoid “confusion” over the disease, which primarily spreads through direct contact. “Late yesterday, CDC removed the mask recommendation from the monkeypox Travel Health Notice because it caused confusion,” a CDC spokesperson said on Tuesday. …

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CDC Raises Monkeypox Alert: Wear Masks On Transit

NBC News reports: The CDC is raising its alert level for monkeypox to level two, all at an abundance of caution. This means health officials are recommending that travelers wear masks on planes and other public transits. “The number of cases of monkeypox has continued to increase to almost 1,000 people now with confirmed or suspected cases in more than …

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Adams Rejects Guidance On Masks Despite High Alert

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor Adams is not reinstating the city’s indoor face mask mandate despite a recommendation from the city Health Department to do so in light of a recent uptick in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Guidance from the Health Department recommends that the government moves to “require face masks in all public indoor settings” when the …

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Apple Extends WFH Option, Reinstates Office Mask Rule

From Apple’s memo to employees today: Based on current conditions, we have two updates to share: First, we are temporarily asking team members to wear masks in common spaces, meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators—in general, all areas outside of your personal workspace. Second, we are extending the phase-in period of the pilot and maintaining two days a week in the …

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United Airlines CEO: It’s Safe To Fly Without Face Masks

The Hill reports: United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby on Tuesday said that planes are safe for passengers who don’t want to wear masks, adding that it is the safest indoor environment for people. “It literally is the safest environment you’re gonna be indoors anywhere that you are,” Kirby said while making an appearance on “CBS Mornings,” adding that the second …

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NYC Mask Mandate May Return Under High Alert Level

Bloomberg News reports: New York City is preparing to hit a high Covid transmission level in the coming days that would have it reconsidering mask requirements in public places. “If NYC’s Alert Level is raised to High, the City will consider requiring face masks in all public indoor settings,” according to guidance on the city health department’s website. New cases …

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European Union Drops Air Travel Face Mask Mandate

Deutsche Welle reports: Face masks will not have to be worn in airports and on flights in Europe, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday. The easing of the measure will be effective as of May 16. However, authorities stressed masks were still the most effective way to …

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Philadelphia Drops Mask Mandate After Just Four Days

NBC News reports: Philadelphia is ending its indoor mask mandate, city health officials said Thursday night, abruptly reversing course just days after city residents had to start wearing masks again amid a sharp increase in infections. The Board of Health voted Thursday to rescind the mandate, according to the Philadelphia health department, which released a statement that cited “decreasing hospitalizations …

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Yes-Fly: Delta To Welcome Back 2K Banned Maskholes

Reuters reports: Delta Air Lines said on Wednesday it plans to restore flight privileges to about 2,000 customers who were barred from flights after failing to comply with mask rules. The Biden administration on Monday said it would no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation and airlines after a federal judge struck down the directive as unlawful. …

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Mask Rule Still In Effect For NYC Airports And Subway

The New York Daily News reports: New York officials are taking matters into their own hands to keep masks mandated on public transit in the city after a Florida judge struck down a federal face-covering requirement as unconstitutional this week. The state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subway and buses, the Staten Island Railway, the Long Island Railroad …

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DOJ To Appeal Mask Ruling If CDC Says It’s Necessary

CNN reports: 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 …

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Delta Backtracks After Calling COVID “Seasonal Virus”

NPR reports: Delta Airlines has updated its announcement about the end of the federal mask mandate after igniting a firestorm of criticism from public health experts who said it used inaccurate and misleading language to describe COVID-19. “We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus,” …

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Major Airlines, Uber, And Amtrak Drop Mask Mandate

Axios reports: United, American, Delta and Southwest Airlines all announced that mask requirements would be suspended in the U.S., and on select international flights, effective immediately. JetBlue Airways said Monday evening that masks would be optional in the U.S. Face masks are also now optional onboard all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Uber announced Tuesday that riders and drivers are …

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Biden Admin: Airplane Mask Rule Is No Longer In Effect

CNN reports: A federal judge in Florida struck down on Monday the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods, and a Biden administration official says the order is no longer in effect while the ruling is reviewed. US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the statutory authority of the …

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FL Trump Judge Strikes Down Air Travel Mask Mandate

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Florida has voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials. The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow …

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CDC Extends Public Transport Mask Mandate Thru 5/1

NBC News reports: The Biden administration will extend for two weeks the nationwide mask requirement for public transit as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to the Associated Press and NBC News. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to extend the order, which was to expire on April 18, by …

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Philadelphia Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate [VIDEO]

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: With COVID-19 cases slowly rising, Philadelphia is bringing back its indoor mask mandate for public places, schools and day cares. Philadelphia announced Monday that, on April 18, masks must be worn again indoors. Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said businesses can choose to be mask-free if they require all employees and visitors to prove they have …

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