With no more federal Covid mask mandate on airplanes and other forms of public transportation, you might be wondering: Where in the U.S. am I still required to wear a face covering?
On Monday, a federal judge in Tampa, Florida, struck down the requirement, ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority when it created the mandate. The Biden administration said Tuesday that it would likely appeal the decision — but in the meantime, airlines and local transit authorities are responsible for creating and enforcing their own mask policies.
Most major U.S. airlines, along with Amtrack and ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, quickly moved to make face coverings optional — though often still encouraged, per the CDC’s latest guidelines — for most people using their services. Some transit agencies have already dropped their mask requirements, too.
Others aren’t budging, joining a smattering of cities and states across the country maintaining mask mandates in places like restaurants, sporting arenas and public schools.
Here are some of the country’s most notable places where you still have to wear a face covering — at least, for now.
The CDC currently recommends different mask-wearing guidelines for different communities across the country, based on the agency’s calculations of transmission and risk levels. If you live in a low-risk area, the CDC says, “wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.”
In medium-risk areas, the CDC specifically recommends that immunocompromised people wear masks indoors. In high-risk areas, the agency says, everyone should “wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk.”
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