Last week, President Joe Biden signed executive orders requiring mask-wearing in U.S. airports and most flights, buses, trains and ferries, and in federal buildings and on federal land.
“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue,” Biden said. “It’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives.”
The measures are in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to help combat the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Biden is requiring airline passengers entering the U.S. from foreign countries to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test and to self-quarantine upon entering the country.
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The U.S. Travel Association and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA welcomed the mask mandate.
“We also strongly support the president’s mask mandate for interstate travel, which is in line with the industry’s health and safety guidance and consistent with what countless travel businesses are already doing to protect travelers and workers,” said Roger Dow, USTA president and CEO.
More than 416,000 have died of COVID-19 in the U.S., with close to 25 million infected, according to the CDC. Worldwide, more than 2 million people have died and 99 million have been infected.
Keep up with all the latest travel news at AAA.com/TravelCenter, where you’ll find a map of U.S. COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, travel advice, and guidance from AAA travel advisors.