New U.S. Covid Plan Includes Tighter Travel Rules and Free At-Home Covid Tests

By Kurt Stolz on 2 December 2021
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The White House in Washington, D.C.

The White House announced a plan to keep the economy open as the new omicron variant spreads throughout the globe.

The plan includes new testing requirements for international travelers, hundreds of additional vaccination sites aimed at families, booster shots for all adults, and insurance reimbursements for at-home coronavirus tests.  It also extends the face mask mandate for all forms of public transportation through March 2022.

The mask mandate requires people traveling on airplanes, trains, buses, streetcars, and other forms of public conveyance to don a face mask during the trip, as well as while in an airport, train, or bus terminal.

“We’re going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion,” President Joseph Biden said in a speech announcing the plan.

The plan comes just one day after health officials in California announced what was the first case of Covid with the omicron variant to be detected in the United States.  On Thursday, a second case was reported in a Minnesota resident who had recently traveled to New York City.

The new travel restrictions will go into effect on December 6.  Travelers will be required to product evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within one day prior to departure.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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