The United States Supreme Court Tuesday denied an emergency request asking for a pause to the federal COVID-19 airline mask mandate.
The mandate, put in place via executive order by President Joe Biden when he took office last January, was scheduled to expire Tuesday. However, it was extended through March due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The court’s decision was based on an emergency application filed by a father on behalf of himself and his autistic son, alleging that he was unable to wear masks for extended periods of time.
Justice Neil Gorsuch, the only Supreme Court justice who refuses to wear a mask during court proceedings, referred the case to the full court. The high court declined to hear the case and made no comment.
It was the latest in a series of pandemic-related cases before the court.
On Thursday, the court, by a 6-3 vote, blocked Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate for large private corporations, but allowed a vaccine requirement for healthcare workers at facilities that receive federal money.