WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Tuesday, April 19, was the primary full day that masks mandates for public transportation have been lifted. At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, vacationers had blended feelings in regards to the change.
Pat Christof was dropping his daughter, Kaitlyn, off at DCA for a flight when he discovered in regards to the change within the mandate. He stated, “I think it’s fantastic. Best news ever.” His daughter was excited to listen to the information too, although she stated she would maintain onto the masks for her flight. “I’m probably still going to wear my mask on the airplane,” she stated. “I just don’t want to get sick or anything. Just to be safe.”
Other vacationers, similar to Kate Bush, determined in opposition to sporting the masks altogether. Bush stated, “I am very excited to ditch the mask. I am vaccinated, so I do not feel like I should have to wear it anymore.”
Courtney McFarlane, who can be vaccinated, informed WDVM she continues to be going to put on her masks. “I’m not ready. I’m still being careful,” she stated. “We will keep our masks on. We won’t eat or drink during the flight. I just feel that cases are very high right now. We are not anywhere near out of the woods.”
While the masks are usually not required anymore on most public transportation, the C.D.C. is encouraging folks to put on masks if they’ve high-risk components or a excessive transmission fee of their neighborhood.
Current District metrics have town in a medium degree of transmission, which larger weekly case charges than town noticed in the course of the Omicron positive initially of 2022. However, the metrics for hospitalizations are considerably decrease than in January and February.
Travelers stated seeing the mandate lifted gave them hope for the longer term. Bush stated, “It’s exciting to see things get back to normal.”
As the change to the mandate is new, vacationers are preserving their masks shut by. Robert Bell, who traveled all through the pandemic for work, stated, “I’m willing to put it back on if I need to, but at least for now, in the airport, I feel ok. Maybe on the plan, I’ll feel differently.”
Some airports and locations nonetheless require a masks, so it’s best to maintain one with you simply in case.