The Wall Street Journal reported that the Biden Department of Justice will appeal the court’s ruling invalidating the mandate for the use of facemasks on public transportation. The newspaper’s sources said a notice of appeal had been filed.
The Justice Department’s decision came after a federal judge overturned last Monday the national order requiring the use of masks on airplanes and other public transportation, as well as airports and stations, considering that federal health authorities exceeded their authority.
Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, nominated by former President Donald Trump for the District Court in Tampa, considered that the order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “exceeds the legal authority” of this agency, as reported by EFE news agency.
The ruling on masks on public transport
The federal government had recently renewed this obligation to wear masks on public transportation until at least May 3. In the magistrate’s opinion, as reported by the news agency, the CDC did not justify its decision properly and failed to comply with the procedures.
Citizens reacted by celebrating the measure. This is the case of Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who thanked the judge for the measure. “Thank you, Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, for ending the mask mandates on planes and trains,” she wrote on her Twitter account.
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The lawsuit was brought by two Tampa women, Ana Carolina Daza and Sarah Pope, along with the nonprofit Health Freedom Defense Fund, who advocate for bodily autonomy and see it illegal to force people to wear masks and get COVID-19 tests.