DOJ Prepared to Appeal Revival of Travel Mask Mandate

Yesterday, the Department of Justice said it will appeal a court ruling that overturned the federal government’s mask mandate if the CDC determines the mandate is still necessary to protect public health. According to a statement from spokesperson Anthony Coley, “the department continues to believe that the order requiring masking in the transportation corridor is a valid exercise of the authority Congress has given the CDC to protect the public health. That is an important authority the department will continue to work to preserve.” Before the mandate was overturned on Monday, the Biden administration had extended it through May 3rd. Once an appeal is filed, the administration would head to a higher court in order to extend the mandate despite the fact that many airlines and public transit systems have already decided to make masks optional following the new ruling.