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Los Angeles County is once again requiring travelers to mask up when on public transit or in indoor transportation hubs such as airports.
LA County public health officials released a new COVID-19 health order on Friday that will make masks mandatory on all public transportation, including buses, trains, taxis and ride-sharing services.
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Health officials cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s assertion that wearing a mask on public transportation is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The return of the transportation mask mandate comes after the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday that masks were strongly recommended on bus and train routes, but not required.
The California Department of Health also released updated guidelines that strongly urge residents across the state to wear masks on public transportation, but remove the requirements.
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The developments come days after a federal judge in Florida struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate on airplanes and other forms of public transportation. The US Department of Justice is working to appeal the judge’s order following a request from the CDC. The agency said the call was necessary to protect its “public health authority”.
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The CDC also said it continues to recommend people wear masks on “all domestic public transportation.”