Long Islanders frustrated as CDC extends mask mandate on planes, trains and buses

The CDC says the BA.2 Omicron subvariant is increasing infection numbers in some parts of the country and that the 15-day extension could help slow transmission.

News 12 Staff

Apr 14, 2022, 9:51 PM

Updated 733 days ago

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Some Long Islanders are frustrated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to extend the mask mandate for public transit until May 3.
The CDC says the BA.2 Omicron subvariant is increasing infection numbers in some parts of the country and that the 15-day extension could help slow transmission.
"Remember, we got fooled with Delta, we got fooled with Omicron, so we have to be alert with the fact that we're dealing with a challenge that is a moving target for us," says Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Kings Park resident Nicole Bologna says she hates wearing the mask and feels like it's "pointless."
"I am looking forward to it ending," Bologna says.
Travel agents tell News 12 that the decision is costing them money.
Matthew Korndrup, with Matty K Travel Group, says his company lost a couple of trips where people were waiting to travel until right after the mandate was lifted.
The mask mandate for planes, trains and buses had been set to end on April 18.
Others like Barbara, of Setauket, are OK with wearing masks and says it's "not the worst thing in the world."
Some airline industry groups have asked the federal government to lift the mask restrictions on planes since masks are not required in places like crowded bars, restaurants and sports venues.


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