President Joe Biden’s administration on September 9 doubled fines for people violating federal mask mandates at airports and on certain modes of public transportation.
Fees, ranging from $250 for first-time offenders to $1,500 for repeat offenders, will now be $500 and up to $3,000 for those caught violating the mandate for the first time and $3,000 for those found violating it more than once. Will be till
Masks are mandatory in airports, airplanes and other modes of public transport such as buses.
The enhanced penalty took effect from September 10.
“Wearing a mask protects people traveling and all personnel making the travel experience safe, secure and comfortable,” Alejandro Meyercas, Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement. “We will continue to implement the mask mandate as long as it is necessary to protect public health and safety.”
“We applaud the majority of passengers each day who voluntarily comply with the requirement, but to maximize safety for those using and working within the transportation system and to contain COVID-19, this is the reason why we need to do so.” find action necessary,” said David Pekoske, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. “By doubling the penalty limit, we want to reinforce the importance of voluntary adherence.”
The mandate imposed by the administration on February 2 is currently in force till January 18, 2022.
Biden directed the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the administration, to double the fine as part of a new plan to try to stop the delta version of the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.
While campaigning last year, Biden promised he would stop the virus when he entered office. Instead, cases, hospitalizations and deaths jumped in the summer, although they are on the decline in some states.
Experts blame the delta variant, which has been described as more permeable than other types, and which vaccines have not been able to reduce as well as previous strains.
Biden also announced new CCP virus vaccine mandates, including one for companies that have more than 100 employers.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times