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Millions of students in Florida, Texas and Arizona are now required to wear masks in class as school boards in mostly Democratic areas have defied their Republican governors and made face coverings mandatory.

The three states are all hot spots in the nation’s recent COVID-19 surge, and defiant boards in Miami, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and other urban areas argue that requiring masks protects students, teachers and staff from contracting and ...


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Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Transportation Security Administration’s current order was scheduled to expire Sept. 13. An agency spokesman said Tuesday that the mandate will be extended until Jan. 18.


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School districts in Florida and Texas are bucking their Republican governors' bans on requiring masks for children and teachers as coronavirus cases soar in conservative areas with low vaccination rates.

The Broward County school board in Florida on Tuesday became the latest major district to flout an order by Republican Governor Rick DeSantis outlawing mask requirements in that state. The Dallas Independent School District said late Monday that it would also require masks, despite an order banning such mandates from Republican Governor Greg Abbott.


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Detroit's Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Tuesday they will reinstate requirements to wear masks at all U.S. plants, offices and warehouses beginning on Wednesday, but are not requiring workers to be vaccinated.

The move is in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) change in COVID-19 guidance for masks for fully vaccinated people related to the Delta variant, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler parent Stellantis NV said in a joint statement with the union.


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p> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that 69.3% of U.S. counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking in public spaces and should immediately resume the policy.

The transmission rate was up from 66.6% as of Wednesday. In total, 52.2% of U.S. counties have high COVID-19 community transmission rates and 17.1% have substantial rates, the CDC said.


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Amid growing concerns over rising COVID-19 cases, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) reinstated a face mask requirement at its US theme parks.

Starting Friday, July 30, the company will require all guests over the age of 2 and all employees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The rule also applies on Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner.


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Tech giants Google and Facebook Inc (Nasdaq: FB) will require its US employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to the office.

In a blog post Wednesday, Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google and its parent Alphabet Inc (Nasdaq: GOOGL), said the mandate will would be in effect at its US offices in coming weeks and eventually required at other locations.


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The Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is reinstating mask requirements for workers and visitors at its facilities in Florida and Missouri, two states where new cases of COVID-19 are spiking.

Additionally, the automaker is ordering its US employees to get vaccinated against coronavirus prior to international business travel, The Detroit News reported.


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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidance on Tuesday, saying that in areas with high transmission levels of COVID-19, all people — vaccinated or not — should wear masks indoors.

In announcing the change, the CDC also recommended that all adults and students wear masks in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.


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Los Angeles County will again require masks be worn indoors in the nation’s largest county, even by those vaccinated against the coronavirus, while the University of California system also said Thursday that students, faculty and staff must be inoculated against the disease to return to campuses.

The announcements come amid a sharp increase in virus cases, many of them the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since California fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with capacity limits and social distancing. The vast majority of new cases are among unvaccinated people.