New travel restrictions in America following the decree signed by President Biden. (video)
US President Joe Biden has signed a decree imposing new travel restrictions. The decree is part of his new plan to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Biden has signed a decree making it mandatory to wear a mask.
Among the decrees signed on January 21, 2021, the first day in office of to President Joe Biden, the one regarding wearing a mask - now mandatory in the United States in all federal buildings, airports and on board aircraft, under the motto # 100daysmaskchallenge.
The airlines American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, but also other American companies stated that the responsibility for wearing the mask does not depend only on the policy of private companies. According to the White House, the measure now covers public transport under federal jurisdiction, including interstate and international flights.
Travelers will have to self-isolate upon entering US territory.
Another decree, which will take effect on January 26, refers to establishing the quarantine for travelers arriving from abroad by air, without specifying the duration of the isolation. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America) recommends self-isolating travelers for ten days. Passengers will also need to be tested before traveling to the United States at the request of the CDC.
These new measures help Airlines for America, the association of American airlines, but also unions. Among Cabin Crew members who sometimes had trouble enforcing the rules, the Flight Companion Association - CWA (AFA-CWA, which has approximately 50.000 members) pointed out that "A single federal mask rule will protect cabin crew and other workers from future problems."
So far, according to CNBC, almost 3.000 passengers were not allowed to travel by the airlines Delta, United, Frontier, Spirit, JetBlue, Alaska, Hawaiian and Allegiant. The real number is probably higher, because American Airlines and the low-cost company Southwest do not want to reveal how many passengers were not allowed to travel, being tested positive before boarding.
There will be new vaccination centers available.
President Biden also promised to increase the number of vaccination sites by setting up "Federal Community Vaccination Centers" in stadiums, gymnasiums and conference centers. There will be thousands of additional workers, some of them from federal agencies, but also the military, as well as the first respondents.
Biden said there should be 100 of these centers starting next month. One of Biden's election promises was that in the first 100 days of his term more than 100 million Americans will be vaccinated.
"We did not get into this crisis overnight and it will take months for us to get out of it," Biden said. the country is likely to exceed 500.000 deaths in February.