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Tuesday in Portland: PDX makes masks optional, 'Hamilton' is back at Keller Auditorium and more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, April 19 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Portland International Airport, several airlines no longer requiring masks

After a federal judge in Florida voided the national mask mandate as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portland International Airport announced Monday it will no longer enforce the mandate for airplanes and other public transportation. People in the airport will no longer be required to wear a face covering, according to a Port of Portland spokesperson.

Several airlines, including Alaska, United, Southwest, American and Delta, have since issued statements saying mask-wearing is optional effective immediately.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently extended the federal mask mandate until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant. The mandate was initially set to expire on April 18.

2. 'Hamilton' is back at Keller Auditorium after flu outbreak postponed weekend shows

After a flu outbreak postponed performances of “Hamilton” over the weekend, the production is back on Tuesday at Keller Auditorium. Officials say to hold on to tickets as they work to reschedule the performances. Details will be emailed out as soon as they’re available.

“Hamilton” will be at Keller Auditorium through May 1. To find tickets, click here.

3. President Joe Biden visiting Portland on Thursday

President Joe Biden is visiting Portland this week to discuss investments from the infrastructure package. He’ll start his trip to the Pacific Northwest on Thursday in Portland and visit Seattle on Friday. It’s his first trip to the region since becoming president. The Seattle Times reported the visit will center on the administration’s efforts “to continue bringing down costs for American families and building a more resilient economy.”

The trip comes amid low national approval numbers for the president and increased inflation across the country. Biden last visited Seattle in 2019 while campaigning in the Democratic presidential primaries.

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