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SCOTUS Rejects Appeal Over House Mask Fines

3 Republicans challenged fines for not wearing masks on House floor in 2021

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected appeals from three House Republicans who challenged fines for not wearing face coverings on the House floor in 2021. The justices did not comment on leaving in place $500 fines issued in May 2021 to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Thomas Massie of...

Hospital Mask Rules Return as Flu, COVID Cases Rise

Flu cases are accelerating fastest, CDC director says

(Newser) - More US hospitals are requiring masks and limiting visitors as health officials face an expected but still nasty post-holiday spike in flu, COVID-19, and other illnesses. While many experts say this season likely won't prove to be as deadly as some other recent winters, it still could mean hundreds...

Hollywood Studio Brings Back Mask Mandate

Others could follow, 'Deadline' speculates

(Newser) - A mask mandate has been reinstated at a major Hollywood studio, at least for some employees. After multiple employees at Lionsgate's Santa Monica flagship office tested positive for COVID, the studio said workers on two of the five floors of the building (which amounts to almost half of the...

Hong Kong Lifts Mask Mandate After 959 Days

Chief executive says city is 'resuming normalcy'

(Newser) - Hong Kongers traveling to work Wednesday morning might see something unusual—each other's unmasked faces. Chief Executive John Lee said Tuesday that as of the next day, the city would no longer require masks to be worn on public transport or in outdoor and indoor public areas, the New ...

DeSantis Wants to Permanently Ban Mask, Vaccine Mandates

He describes Florida as a 'refuge of sanity'

(Newser) - If the COVID pandemic rebounds to the point where authorities seek to bring back mask and vaccine mandates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to make sure his state isn't affected by what he calls the "biomedical security state." The Republican is seeking to make Florida's ban...

New York Ends Mask Mandate After 28 Months

They're now optional on mass transit, but not in hospitals

(Newser) - Masks are still recommended on public transportation in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul says—but after 28 months, they are no longer mandatory. Hochul announced an end to the mass transit mask mandate Wednesday, though many people stopped heeding it months ago and officials had largely stopped enforcing it, NBC...

Mask Mandate Won't Return Friday to Los Angeles County

Coronavirus cases and hospitalization rates are trending down in the area

(Newser) - Update: An indoor mask mandate scheduled to take effect Friday in Los Angeles County won't, after officials decided the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped enough to make it unnecessary. Hospitalization rates also have improved, the Los Angeles Times reports. Criticism of the reimposition increased as Friday neared....

Philadelphia Does Abrupt About-Face on Mask Mandate

Drops it just days after it went into effect

(Newser) - Update: 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,...

Biden Clarifies After Jumbling Issues

President wraps mask mandate into response about border policy

(Newser) - After giving a confused answer to a reporter Thursday at the White House, President Biden issued an unusual clarification. The president was asked if he was looking into delaying the lifting of Title 42, an order that allows border agents to immediately expel asylum seekers to Mexico or their home...

Feds Will Appeal Ruling If CDC Says Mandate Is Needed
CDC Gives Go-Ahead
to Appeal of Mask Ruling

CDC Gives Go-Ahead to Appeal of Mask Ruling

Mandate still is needed for public travel, agency says

(Newser) - Update: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made its decision about a federal judge's ruling against mask mandates for public transit, including airplanes. "It is CDC's continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the indoor transportation corridor remains necessary for the...

Judge Who Dumped Mask Mandate Got One Term Wrong: Experts

Legal experts say she misinterpreted the word 'sanitation'

(Newser) - As the feds consider appealing the judicial ruling that ended the mask mandate on public transportation, legal experts who spoke to NPR say the judge who issued the ruling misinterpreted the law. The portion of the Public Health Service Act that the Biden administration used to justify the mandate says...

Flight Attendant to Plane: 'Happy Unmasking Day!'

Airlines drop mask rule after federal judge's ruling

(Newser) - A decision by a federal judge in Florida to throw out a national mask mandate for public transportation across the US created a confusing patchwork of rules for passengers as they navigate airports and transit systems, the AP reports. The ruling gives airports, mass transit systems, airlines, and ride-hailing services...

Mask Mandate for Public Travel Just Got Ditched

Federal judge voids rule, says health officials overstepped authority

(Newser) - A federal judge in Florida has voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of US health officials even in the coronavirus pandemic, per the AP . The decision Monday by US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, an appointee of former President...

Travel Mask Mandate Extended Another 15 Days

CDC says it needs more time to assess impact of BA.2 subvariant

(Newser) - The nationwide mask mandate on planes, trains, and other public transportation has been extended yet again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that the mandate, which had been due to expire April 18, will be extended for at least another 15 days, meaning travelers will be required...

Florida, 20 Other States Challenge Plane Mask Rule

CDC mandate is set to expire April 18

(Newser) - Florida and 20 other states sued Tuesday to halt the federal government's requirement that people wear masks on planes, trains, ferries, and other public transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tampa, Florida, contends that the mask mandate exceeds the authority of the Centers...

West Coast States Are Lifting School Mask Mandates

California, Oregon, Washington say rule will be lifted March 12

(Newser) - Schoolchildren in California, Oregon, and Washington will no longer be required to wear masks as part of new indoor mask policies the Democratic governors of all three states announced jointly on Monday. "With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the West, California, Oregon, and Washington are moving together to...

New York Lifting 2 Big Mandates
NY Is Dumping
2 Big COVID Mandates

NY Is Dumping 2 Big COVID Mandates

The state is lifting the mask mandate for schools; NYC likely lifting a vaccine mandate

(Newser) - New York's statewide masking requirement in schools will be lifted by March 2, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday, citing a dramatic drop in COVID-19 infections and new federal guidelines. Hours later, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he's considering lifting vaccine mandates on restaurants, bars, and theaters...

Just in Time for SOTU, Capitol Ditches Mask Mandate

New CDC guidance eased the way for the move

(Newser) - Face coverings are now optional for President Biden's State of the Union address Tuesday, as Congress is lifting its mask requirement on the House floor after federal regulators eased guidelines last week in a rethinking of the nation's strategy to adapt to living with a more manageable COVID-19....

Texas Asks Court to Block Plane Mask Mandate

AG Ken Paxton slams Biden's 'disregard of the individual liberties of Texans'

(Newser) - Texas is taking the Biden administration to court in a bid to end the federal mask mandate for planes and other public transport. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Republican US Rep. Beth Van Duyne filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, arguing that the mandate is unconstitutional and the...

Masks Come Off in Nevada Casinos
Nevada Unmasks Gamblers

Nevada Unmasks Gamblers

Governor lifts mandate for most public places

(Newser) - Signs announcing face masks were required came down in Nevada casinos on Thursday, after the state dropped its mandate for public places. The change was effective immediately. "It's really an exciting day," said Stephen Thayer, general manager of the Strat in Las Vegas. Employees were relieved that...

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