The U.S Department of Justice has announced that they will appeal the federal judge's decision to strike down their transportation mask mandate if it is still needed for public health purposes, according to an agency statement on Tuesday afternoon.
The ruling came from a 59-page opinion delivered Monday evening in which District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle found fault with the Centers For Disease Control and Protection and its rules about when such requirements can be implemented.
The White House's frustration with today’s Supreme Court decision was clear Monday.
The press secretary expressed their anger and disappointment over the ruling on Twitter, writing "disappointed."
"Public health decisions shouldn't be made by the courts. They should be made by public health experts," Psaki said.
The U.S.'s recent court ruling has quickly reshaped air travel in America as airlines urge passengers to use masks on their flights if they want them, with Delta and United Airlines being two of many who announced that they are now optional for travelers aboard these aircraft.
The masking requirement was imposed sometime last year by Biden's administration after he took office due COVID 19 had begun spreading rapidly throughout our country.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended their rules on lab-confirmed influenza by an additional two weeks. The goal is to give officials the time necessary to study a new mutation of COVID - 19 that has been driving up case counts across America.
"We do have upward trends of infections. The CDC is responding to the data and implementing measures it has authority for," said James Hodge from Arizona State University.
Last month, a group of 21 state governors filed suit against the Biden administration over its public transportation mask mandate. They argue that this continues an enforcement trend that has already had harmful effects on their respective states and jurisdictions by interfering with some local laws in regards to air pollution control measures for power plants or other sources where masks might be worn out as part of natural disaster planning strategies.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said, "President Biden's shortsighted, heavy-handed and unlawful travel policies are frustrating travelers and causing chaos on public transportation."
For their part, the CDC says that masking is still necessary, and it has come down to whether you believe science or public opinion.