Judge rules against mandate; Uber, Amtrak, airlines dropping mask requirements for customers and employees

Nam Y. Huh / AP
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Companies have lifted COVID-19-related restrictions following a federal judge’s decision to strike down the national mask mandate.

Airlines and airports eagerly dropped the mask restrictions on Monday after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it wouldn’t enforce the January 2021 order that applied to airplanes, airports, taxis and other mass transit.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recently extended the mask mandate, which was set to expire Monday, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus – which is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.

The court ruling puts that decision on hold.

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