Sen. Markey Urges CDC & TSA To maintain Mask Requirement For Public Transportation

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In full transparency, the following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey, who was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. He is a Democrat. (Petroni Media Company photo for SOURCE)

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WASHINGTON DC – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) today, March 28. sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) urging them to consider continuing masking requirements on public transportation during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Since February 2021, passengers have been required to wear masks on public transportation and inside transportation hubs. Earlier this month, TSA announced that the CDC was working to develop a new policy for mask use on public transportation.

“Although cases of COVID-19 in the United States have declined from this winter’s peak, the virus continues to pose a threat to the public, particularly for seniors, the immunocompromised, and individuals with disabilities. The emergence of a new and even more transmissible variant only confirms that COVID remains a serious, ongoing danger,” wrote Senator Markey. 

“For that reason, I urge CDC to consider extending its mask order and continue requiring masks on public and commercial transportation. In any modifications to these requirements, both CDC and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) must center efforts to protect the elderly, the immunocompromised, and individuals with disabilities,” said Sen. Markey.

A copy of the letter can be found HERE

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