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Mask mandates dropped on all public transport | Richmond Free Press

GRTC users no longer have to wear a mask when boarding a bus.

Nor do travelers who take planes, trains, or other forms of public transportation.

The mask’s mandate ended abruptly on Monday when a federal judge in Florida issued an injunction barring the app.

U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has ruled that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control lacks the authority to impose such a warrant, even to prevent the interstate spread of a disease like COVID-19. .

The mask requirement had been extended from April 18 to Tuesday, May 3. “Because our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends, the Court declares unlawful and voids the mask warrant,” the judge wrote in her 59-page opinion.

The decision was a victory for the Health Freedom Defense Fund, which filed the challenge to the warrant last July.

The fund is described as a non-profit organization that “opposes laws and regulations that compel individuals to submit to the administration of medical products, procedures and devices against their will”.

Judge Mizelle adopted a narrow interpretation of the 1944 law that allows the CDC to issue rules to prevent the interstate spread of communicable diseases.

The law says the agency can take actions it deems “necessary” and provides a list of examples, such as “remediation.” The judge wrote that this power was limited to things like cleaning the property – without requiring people to take hygiene measures.

“If Congress heard this definition, the power given to the CDC would be breathtaking,” she said. “And it certainly wouldn’t be limited to modest ‘sanitation’ measures like masks.”

If the government’s broader interpretation of the agency’s powers were accurate, she added, the centers could compel companies to install air filtration systems, compel people to get vaccinated or impose other drastic demands.