According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press release on January 29th, a mask mandate will go into effect, February 1st, 2021, at 11:59 PM (EST). The CDC issued their Order pdf icon[PDF – 11 pages] for travelers to prevent the virus’s spread causing COVID-19.
The order states explicitly: “…must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States.”
Talk of wearing two masks?
While the CDC guidelines do not expressly state that two masks must be worn in the new travel mandate, it does specify the following regarding cloth masks:
- Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
In a recent appearance on the Today show, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, Fauci spoke with Savannah Guthrie discussing the new coronavirus variants, vaccine shortages, and mask protection. Fauci stated, “If you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective, and that’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”
Fauci a few days later, on double masking:
“There’s no data that indicates that that is going to make a difference” pic.twitter.com/ptVivQfuwt
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) January 31, 2021
“There are many people who feel, you know, if you really wanna have an extra little bit of protection, maybe I should put two masks on. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s no data that indicates that that is gonna make a difference, and that’s the reason why the CDC has not changed their recommendations,” Fauci said.
One thing seems true; the mask mandate doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.