If the cheers that erupted on planes when passengers learned they could finally remove their masks weren’t sign enough, the Biden team’s indecisiveness to appeal federal judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle was Decision to lift the CDC’s transit mask mandate is further evidence that the verdict was long overdue.
Mizelle felt the “arbitrary and capricious” mask mandate “exceeds” the authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and also ruled that the CDC was unlawfully denying the public the opportunity to comment and criticize its mask rule.
She didn’t add (since it was irrelevant to the legal case) that it stopped making sense a long, long time ago. There never was a science behind the assertion in President Joe Biden’s January 2021 executive order that mask-wearing “can reduce the risk of travelers spreading COVID-19,” followed by the CDC rule two weeks later. Have no authoritative scientific studies ever found hard evidence that everyday masks stop the spread of the disease.
All the mandate did was make people uncomfortable (and needless fear) and spark fights on planes. Thank God the courts have stepped in to curb the madness, as they did with the CDC’s no-sail order for the cruise industry, Biden’s endless ban on evictions, and his Vax mandate for private employees.
Some COVID hysteria won’t let go: Some airports still insist on masking. In New York, the MTA requires them on subways, buses, the Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road because Gov. Kathy Hochul’s health department still hasn’t kept up with reality.
Neither does Hochul herself, who offered this anti-science tweet: “Do your part to protect your neighbors. . . In situations where it is necessary, wear a mask, e.g. B. in public transport and in healthcare facilities.
Judge Mizelle noted that if Congress had intended to grant the CDC the authority it claims, the agency’s power would be “staggering.” Indeed, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that government leaders are not being given limitless power — and shouldn’t be, given their orders (e.g. for sweeping lockdowns or Sending COVID patients in nursing homes) have caused enormous damage to both the economy and public health.
The New York Times points this out to “experts” like Saskia Popescu, who call the verdict “very, very worrying” as COVID cases are on the rise again. Even if COVID hospitalizations and deaths are still very low – and again there is little evidence that masks could contain the spread.
Good for Mayor Eric Adams so far to resist such madness despite the scaremongering. Last Friday, Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said the city should consider reintroducing mask requirements for schools and vaccination certificates for places like restaurants if risk levels reach “moderate”, which he expects this week. Adams should call for more science-based guidance — or find a new health commissioner.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/19/we-can-finally-take-off-our-masks-did-you-hear-gov-hochul/ Finally we can take off our masks! Did you hear, Governor Hochul?