The Department of Justice is reportedly trying to bring back mask mandates. The reports show that the DOJ wants to reverse the court’s ruling and bring back masks on mass transit.
COVID-19 is making a comeback but the critical cases are way down. It’s not just that the virus isn’t the same but that medicine has evolved to better treat patients unlike in the early days of the virus.
After the judge’s ruling, the DOJ said it would appeal the judge’s ruling if the CDC deemed it necessary. The DOJ has told the federal appeals court that the CDC order, issued in January 2021, was “within” the agency’s legal authority, Fox News reported.
The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle came in a case brought in Florida federal court by Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc. and frequent air travelers Ana Daza and Sarah Pope against the administration.
Judge Mizelle determined that the mandate violated the Administrative Procedure Act by being outside the scope of the CDC’s authority, was “arbitrary” and “capricious,” and for not going through the required notice and comment period for federal rulemaking.
“None of the district court’s quarrels with the CDC order comes close to showing that the CDC has acted outside the ‘zone of reasonableness,’” the Justice Department wrote, adding that the CDC findings in early 2021 provided “ample support for the agency’s determination that there was good cause to make the order effective without delay.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said this month the rate of unruly air passenger incidents fell to its lowest level since late 2020 soon after the judge’s mask mandate ruling, which also lifted requirements for masks in taxis or ride-share vehicles.
I’m sure you can guess why. It would be more than fair to say that the pandemic and the mandates brought out the worst in people and I’m just not sure the DOJ is going to be able to pull this one-off.
I know more people willing to drive 1600 miles than take a 2 hour flight with a mask on, even with these gas prices.
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