Justice Department appeals Tampa judge’s decision on travel mask warrant | Florida News | Orlando

The US Department of Justice on Wednesday appealed a Florida federal judge’s ruling that overturned the requirement for travelers to wear masks at airports and on planes, trains and buses.

Attorneys for the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal of the decision with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The notice came two days after the ruling by Tampa-based U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, who wrote that the controversial mask requirement was beyond the legal authority of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As is common, the Notice of Appeal did not detail the arguments the Justice Department will make in the Atlanta Court of Appeals. But on Tuesday, the Justice Department said it would appeal if the CDC decides the mask requirement “remains necessary for public health” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Department (of Justice) continues to believe that the order requiring masking in the transportation corridor is a valid exercise of the authority that Congress has given the CDC to protect public health,” the department said Tuesday. in a press release. “It’s an important authority that the department will continue to work to preserve.”

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