White House Nixed CDC Order Mandating Masks On Public Transit
October 13, 2020
The New York Times reports that the White House coronavirus task force refused to consider a draft order from CDC that would have required passengers and employees on public or commercial transportation to wear face coverings.
The New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials. The order would have been the toughest federal mandate to date aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which continues to infect more than 40,000 Americans a day. The officials said that it was drafted under the agency’s “quarantine powers” and that it had the support of the secretary of health and human services, Alex M. Azar II, but the White House Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, declined to even discuss it. (Kaplan, 10/9)
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