Federal officials are expected to make a formal announcement regarding an extension through March 18 di giovedì, Reuters segnalato, citando fonti che hanno familiarità con la materia. Inoltre, President Biden is expected to discuss the extension during an event detailing his administration’s broader effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.
The current mask requirement was slated to expire on Jan. 18 following an extension last August. L'amministrazione per la sicurezza dei trasporti, which has issued guidance on previous extensions, and the White House declined Reuters’ richieste di commento.
Public health officials have expressed concern about the omicron variant, the latest mutant strain of COVID-19. A California resident who was vaccinated against COVID-19 was confirmed as the first U.S. case of the omicron variant, which was first identified in South Africa.