US travel mask mandate struck down by judge nominated by Donald Trump

The CDC’s mask mandate for travelers was struck down by a federal judge in Florida (Picture: AP)

A US federal judge has struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for traveling on airplanes and public transportation.

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Florida ruled the mask mandate unlawful on Monday, saying it exceeds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) statutory authority.

Mizelle, an appointee of former President , added that the mandate’s implementation violates administrative law.

The federal transportation mask mandate was scheduled expire on Monday, but the CDC last Wednesday , through May 3. The agency said it would monitor cases of the coronavirus Omicron subvariant BA.2.

‘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,’ the CDC stated at the time.

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