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Assist Alert – April 2022 Mask Mandate Extension

Assist Alert: April 2022 Mask Mandate Extension

Assist Alert: April 2022 Mask Mandate Extension
April 13, 2022


The Biden Administration announced a 15-day federal mask mandate extension for all public U.S. transportation services before the previous mandate’s April 18th expiration. The announcement comes in response to the considerable rise of COVID-19 cases, in particular with the BA.2 subvariant.

U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials released a statement declaring that the extension would continue until May 3 at the suggestion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC announced previously that it would use the March extension to create a “revised policy framework” to ascertain when masks would be required. White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said there are certain considerations being factored, including levels of severe illness from COVID-19 and if new variants continue to mutate. Travelers will be required to wear face coverings while boarding planes, trains, and buses, including inside public transportation facilities like airports, and bus stations.

The extension largely addresses the rise of U.S. infections in a 7-day progressive average due to the highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 subvariant. Other countries like the United Kingdom and China have seen a recent spike of cases linked to the BA.2 subvariant. Reportedly, the CDC’s data showed that the BA.2 subvariant makes up more than 85% of U.S. cases. CDC indicates, "In order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity, the CDC Order will remain in place at this time." 

Travelers should reference the CDC for more information regarding COVID-19 prevention.


  • Arrive early to avoid unforeseen delays when going through terminal checkpoints.
  • Pack a few face masks if using public transportation
  • Check trusted local sources for updated information on potential travel disruptions.
  • Heed transportation authorities' instructions; remain calm and cooperative.


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