Some commuters in NJ elated at voided mask mandate. Others will stay masked-up
Masking has officially became optional on NJ Transit and airplanes after a federal judge voided the mask mandate on public transportation.
This ruling comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to extend the mandate two more weeks as COVID-19 cases are slowly rising.
The governor says individuals may wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.
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News 12 spoke with commuters who were elated to no longer wear masks.
Vidul Mody, of Bridgewater, is happy to see the mask requirement go away.
"I am a doctor. I have been managing COVID patients for the last two years…I am triple vaccinated at this point. I think we need the freedom," she said.
Ana Olyveira, of Long Branch, told News 12 that she will still wear her mask when traveling.
"I am a mask person. I am all for masks. All for protection,” she said. “I have been traveling throughout the pandemic to different countries and I keep the mask on all the time."
After the judge’s ruling, most major airlines lifted their mask requirements, including American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and others.
The ride-sharing service Uber have also updated its masking policy after the federal ruling saying riders and drivers no longer have to wear a mask either.