The Department of Justice is appealing a judge’s ruling that ended a federal mask mandate on public transportation and planes, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined the mandate was still necessary.
The notice of appeal was filed in federal court in Tampa. The department’s announcement came minutes after the CDC asked it to appeal a decision handed down by a federal judge in Florida earlier this week.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will decide whether to grant an appeal or not.
Airlines and airports across the nation lifted mandates on masks just hours after the ruling. The Transportation Security Administration also said on April 18 that it would not enforce the mask requirement. Ride-sharing companies including Uber and Lyft had also rescinded mask-wearing requirements.
It is unclear whether the Biden administration will ask the appeals court to grant an emergency stay to immediately reimpose the mask mandate on public transportation.