The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a statement announcing that the latest nationwide mask mandate will be enforced by federal authorities, as reported by Breitbart.
The announcement says that the federal mask mandate, which includes federal property and public transportation “into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories,” will be “further enforced by other federal authorities” in the event that someone is not wearing a mask. The order asks that “operators of public conveyances” exercise their authority to enforce the order, including denying entry to those without masks and reminding such individuals that not wearing a mask is now considered to be a violation of federal law.
The order further states that “the CDC reserves the right to enforce through criminal penalties…but instead strongly encourages and anticipates widespread voluntary compliance” with the order. The order is set to remain in effect “unless modified or rescinded based on specific public health or other considerations.”
The new federal order is part of Joe Biden’s historic number of executive orders signed in his first two weeks as president, which mandated that masks be worn at all times on federal property. Biden has called for all Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency, baselessly claiming that wearing a mask is “patriotic,” and criticizing those who don’t wear masks as “stupid.”