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‘it is what it is’ Omar Alghab says there’s no changes to Canadas travel mask mandates

The masking guidelines will remain in place for Canada said Trudeau Transport Minister Omar Alghab.

Several other countries relaxing or lifting restrictions including the United States lifting the mask mandates after a judge struck down the mandate for federal transport.

On Tuesday Alghabra made an appearance in Calgary and said Canada will keep following “experts and doctors.” He didn’t comment directly about the US court decision.

“The mask regulation is in place and it’s based on the advice that we received from our experts and doctors and based on data. It is proven that masks prevent or reduce the transmission of COVID,” he said, according to CTV News. “There is no change in our regulation… Whenever the advice that we receive changes because circumstances change, we will change our regulation. But for now it is what it is,” he continued.

A ruling passed down by a US federal judge in Florida and said the CDC had overstepped its authority in issuing a mask mandate. 

The move was praised by state Governor Ron DeSantis, who said it was “Great to see a federal judge in Florida follow the law and reject the Biden transportation mask mandate. Both airline employees and passengers deserve to have this misery end.”

The White House didn’t like it, stating that it was an “obviously a disappointing decision. The CDC continues recommending wearing a mask in public transit.”

But anyone planning to travel in Canada is still required to wear a mask in air ports and on air planes.

Conservative transport critic Melissa Lantsman weighed in with a jab at the Trudeau’s government decision to keep the mandates.

“US Judge overturns national mask mandate for planes, trains and buses. Meanwhile in Canada almost 6 million Canadians still cannot travel. We are further and further out of step with the [world]. #endthemandates,” she said.

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