President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that mask-wearing requirements will continue for air travel and other public transportation until Mar. 18, 2022.
The comments occurred during Biden’s speech at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) regarding the nation’s winter strategy for COVID-19.
“And we are extending the requirement, both internationally and domestically, to wear masks for travel on aircraft, train, public transportation, through the winter months,” Biden said.
In January, Biden told Americans to mask up for 100 days. Now it looks like the mask-wearing will extend at least 14 months into his term as president for those traveling on public transportation.
Biden’s speech also encouraged Americans to be vaccinated, as well as for all adults to receive a booster shot.
The president also announced stricter requirements for international travelers entering the U.S. that will include proof of a negative COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status within one day of departure.
Biden’s speech is over. Basically said to get fully vaccinated and boosted to defend against the new COVID-19 “Omicron variant” which is said to be resistant to all existing vaccines. Also said to wear a mask indoors. Says he is confident we will hear from him “before Christmas.”
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Many Americans may be done with masks, but the Biden administration continues to find ways to make masks a part of life for the nation’s travelers.