TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The country is slowly starting to reopen and more and more restrictions that require to you to wear masks are coming down.
However, the Biden administration’s mandate that masks be worn on all public forms of transportation is still in place. That means if you are planning a trip on a plane in the near future you will have to keep wearing a mask.
Despite statements from several health experts that say there is no difference between an airplane, gym, or restaurant in regards to wearing masks, Pete Buttigieg, the former South Bend mayor who is now Transportation Secretary, says mask mandates on planes are staying put for now.
“Some of the differences have to do with the physical space. Some of it have to do with it being a workplace where sometimes in these travel and transit situations people don’t have a choice,” Buttigieg told ABC. “Of course, the decisions will be on the part of public health authorities.”
On the subject of infrastructure, Buttigieg says he is “encouraged” by a Republican alternative being proposed in regards to President Biden’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure bill.
He says it’s good to see both sides agree America needs to invest heavily in infrastructure, but he says Biden’s bill better lays out what is actually needed.