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Biden Administration Could Fight Ruling Striking Down Transportation Mask Mandate

Justice Department said it would appeal ruling if public-health officials conclude Covid-19 mandate is still necessary; appeal would carry legal and political risks

Video shows some airline passengers cheered when carriers announced they would no longer be requiring masks on domestic flights after a Florida federal judge voided the Biden administration’s Covid-19 mandate. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

WASHINGTON—A federal judge’s decision to strike down the Biden administration’s Covid-19 mask mandate for public transportation undercuts a key safety message delivered by the White House, leaving the administration with a set of legally and politically difficult decisions to make on the pandemic.

The Justice Department said Tuesday it would appeal the ruling by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes in the coming weeks that a mask mandate remains necessary to protect public health.

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