Masks mandates were in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so shouldn’t that make them obsolete now that so many people are vaccinated? The Supreme Court doesn’t think so.
Washington, D.C. journalist Lucas Wall petitioned the high court to pass an emergency injunction against the federal mask mandate during travel, the Washington Examiner reported. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas denied the request Tuesday, however.
Wall has generalized anxiety disorder and wearing a mask felt to him like having a panic attack. He applied for a medical exemption in order to fly between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale with an unspecified airline and was denied, prompting his legal action.
“I knew it was a long shot, but I had hoped Justice Thomas would take a more in-depth look at the issue and at least ask the solicitor general to file a response,” Wall told the news outlet. “That’s really frustrating.”
The man claims he is now “stranded” at his mother’s retirement village in Orlando because of the mask mandate, according to CNN. He’s also worried that an upcoming trip to Germany will be impossible for him if he’s not allowed to ditch the mask.
President Joe Biden implemented the federal mask mandates shortly after he took office in January and remain in place during travel (except for showboating Democrats). While the injunction was indeed a longshot, it was one that Wall felt necessary since he asserts that it violates his Constitutional rights.
While mask mandates elsewhere have been dropped for people who are vaccinated, the requirement during travel makes no such concession. Of course, there is no scientific basis for doing this or even any particular rationale to point to — just the continued authoritarian crackdown on normal life.
Thomas gave no comment about why the court was turning it down, but one can only guess that it’s because it was too narrow to take on these mask mandates. It seems travel will be the last holdout — at least until the powers that be figure out how to restart the pandemic panic all over again.