Mask Mandate Extended to January 2022

The Transportation Safety Administration confirmed last week that the current federal mask mandate for passengers aboard commercial flights, trains and buses will be extended to Jan. 18, 2022.

A TSA spokesperson said the extension is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation, particularly the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The current mask order is set to expire on Sept. 13 and has been in effect since last January.

It requires face masks to be worn by all travelers on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares and at transportation hubs such as airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, and seaports.

Although the government of Canada recently said it plans to seek to require all airline passengers to be vaccinated, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said there was no discussion “at this time” about requiring vaccines for domestic airline passengers.

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