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ASHWAUBENON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will no longer enforce its mask order at airports across the country following a Florida judge’s ruling today.

As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, CDC’s January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

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Following the order, a Biden administration official said the TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time, according to the Hill.

That could include airports like the Austin Straubel International Airport in northeast Wisconsin, but also extends to all public transportation, according to a statement from the CDC.

However the airport has not made a public statement as of Monday evening.

The mandate originally was set to expire today, but the CDC had extended it to May 3, 2022. That rule is no longer in effect.

Following the ruling, Delta, United and Southwest said masks are now optional on their aircraft.




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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.