People who travel by air, train, or bus in the United States will be required to wear a mask for another 15 days, extending the federal mask mandate until at least early May.
On Wednesday, the federal government announced that the mandate will expire on May 3. The extension was first reported by the Associated Press. It was announced on Wednesday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would keep its mask order in place, and the Transportation Security Administration would extend the mandate for another 15 days.
“CDC continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, especially the BA.2 subvariant that now makes up more than 85% of US cases,” the TSA said in a statement. “Since early April 2022, there have been increases in the 7-day moving average of Covid-19 cases in the United States. … TSA will continue to coordinate closely with CDC and communicate any changes to this requirement with the public.’
In its own statement, the CDC said, “In order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity, the CDC Order will remain in place at this time.“
BA.2 was responsible for 86% of all new Covid-19 cases in the United States last week, according to the most recent CDC estimates. ‘