What: TSA Extends Mask Directive for Public Transportation Through April 18
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the current mandate for mask use on public transportation and at hubs, such as airports, through April 18. The mandate — which was set to expire March 18 — was extended due to a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Why It Matters: The CDC Will Propose a Revised Framework for Masks
This month, the CDC will work with government agencies to come up with a new plan for mask usage in transportation hubs, suggesting that masks will be required in some circumstances going forward.
According to the TSA, the revised framework for mask usage will be based on COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data and the latest science. Because mask mandates have been dropped in many communities in the U.S., it’s important that advisors remind clients to keep their masks handy for flights, train rides and more for the next month and possibly beyond. Advisors should also tell clients to check airline, airport and destination guidelines on mask wearing before travel as specifics can vary and are subject to change.
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