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AP source: CDC to extend travel mask requirement for 2 weeks

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Apr 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-13 19:11:33-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will extend for two weeks the nationwide mask requirement for public transit as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to extend the order, which was to expire on April 18, by two weeks to monitor for any observable increase in severe virus outcomes as cases rise in parts of the country.

The move was being made out of abundance of caution, according to a person familiar with the decision, speaking on the condition of anonymity to preview the CDC’s action.

The administration had been hoping to roll out a more flexible masking strategy this week that would have replaced the nationwide requirement.