Still, the developments have put the White House in an awkward position. The CDC continues to recommend mask use in areas of high and substantial transmission, which applies to most of the country.
The county’s goal matches the recommendations issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that vaccinated people in indoor public settings wear masks when there are 50 or more cases a week for every 100,000 residents; for L.A. County, this would mean 730 cases a day.
Hochul called the general mask mandate temporary when she first imposed it Dec. 31 as the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus was driving a surge in COVID-19 caseloads that threatened to strain healthcare systems.
Face coverings in schools have been a source of contentious debate among Republicans and Democrats throughout the pandemic.
"The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation," a United spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Fauci said that the idea of taking masks off while on an airplane 'is really not something we should even be considering'