President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., took a break from his inauguration festivities on Wednesday to sign 15 executive orders, which included policy changes amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic.
In one of his first actions as president, Biden signed a mask mandate, requiring face masks be worn inside all the buildings and on land controlled by the federal government. That includes places like national parks and during interstate travel onboard trains, buses, and planes.
There is a big difference between a policy and a federal mandate. A company policy doesn’t carry as much weight. When you use the words ‘federal mandate’ it gets attention.
The order also includes a “100 Days Masking Challenge,” to encourage Americans to commit to wearing masks for at least 100 days and compels federal workers and contractors to follow other social-distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC.