North Dakota senators push for end to federal Covid-19 travel restrictions and mask mandates

(Washington, D.C.) -- North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer have joined 30 other senators in calling for an end to federal travel related Covid-19 restrictions and mask mandates. The senators sent a letter to President Biden urging the administration lift the restrictions. The senators called for an end to pre-departure testing requirements for travel to the U.S. and the federal mask mandate for travel. The current mandate for masks is expected to expire on March 18th if it is not extended by the Biden Administration.

“We believe current travel restrictions in place should be phased out, allowed to expire, or eliminated altogether. Lifting these restrictions is supported by the science, in particular the significant decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations coupled with ever-increasing vaccination rates. Countries around the world have been ending pre-departure testing requirements for international travel, yet these are still in place for travel to the United States,” wrote the senators.