July 30, 2020 / 9:23 PM / 9 days ago

White House opposes U.S. requirement for passengers to wear masks on planes, trains

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it opposed language in a bill before Congress that would require airline, train and public transit passengers and workers to wear masks to address the coronavirus pandemic.

The administration in a letter to Congress opposed a provision in a U.S. House of Representatives spending bill that would require the masks, calling it “overly restrictive” and said “such decisions should be left to states, local governments, transportation systems, and public health leaders.” Airlines, Amtrak and most public transit systems require all passengers and workers to wear facial coverings. (Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by Diane Craft)

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