Coast Guard, CDC: We’ll change the mask rule, but for now won’t enforce masks on fishing boats, commercial vessels, ferries


The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Coast Guard, reversing their position from less than a month ago, said the federal agencies will no longer enforce its rule for wearing a mask in “outdoor areas of transportation conveyances or while outdoors at transportation hubs.”

That means commercial vessels like cruise ships, ferries, fishing boats, and charters won’t require passengers to mask up for those who are outdoors. And people don’t have to wear masks at “transportation conveyances,” such as train stations.

Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MISB) 02-21 Change 2 reflects updated enforcement policy.

To be clear, the rule still exists, but the agencies will not enforce it.

“Relatedly, CDC announced that, until it can amend the Order, it will exercise its enforcement discretion to not require wearing a mask in outdoor areas of transportation conveyances or while outdoors at transportation hubs,” the CDC wrote.

Read: CDC says fishing crews must wear masks

Earlier this year at a fishing conference, Sen. Dan Sullivan called the fishing crew mask rule “stupid.”

“Now we have another stupid regulation that our fishermen need to wear masks. Senator Murkowski and I have been pressing this relentlessly on a call with the Coast Guard commandant, a call with the White House guy who’s supposedly in charge of all the CDC issues, we had a meeting with the head of the CDC, we are trying to explain to them how, no offense, but just how stupid this is and how uninformed it is. And it could be a safety issue, not with regard to COVID, but with having to wear masks when you’re out on the deck of a ship in 30 foot waves trying to bring in gear or pots. So, we’re going to continue to work on that one,” Sullivan said.


  1. As a USCG Retiree, I for one know the the CG has much bigger fish to fry. No Pun.

    Time to stop being ridiculous, get back to our lives.

    Woke show is over!

  2. Thank you, Senator Sullivan!
    Count us among the confused: if the mask rule still exists, but agencies will not enforce it, how did these agencies get authority -not- to enforce a rule which, as any true China flu believer will insist, puts the whole country at risk?
    Never mind, let’s accept the result and be thankful.
    One last question: if these agencies have authority not to enforce the rule, why should.the TSA not be given the same authority to stop enforcing the same rule on airplanes and in airports?
    Okay, totally last question: if airlines receive federal bailout money, and they do, why should they not be given the same authority to stop enforcing the same rule on airplanes?

  3. Great, our overlords have given us “peasants” a shred of freedom from their ridiculous China Plague regulations

  4. We’re from the government and we’re here to help.
    Clueless empty suits. Now run off little peasants and do what you’re told.

  5. I guess “the SCIENCE!” finally decided to acknowledge common sense and sanity.
    Because we must always, without question, follow “the SCIENCE!”

  6. Ignore illegitimate rules being handed down by the CDC, the USCG, and anyone else who believe they can share in the law making power granted exclusively to Congress.
    Article I, Section 1: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
    Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power… To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
    One of the powers NOT granted to Congress in the constitution is the power to give others the power to make laws.
    The constitution limited law making to just Congress but we’ve allowed Congress to delegate its exclusive law making power to others including the President who hands down one man dictates (executive orders) like a king and Executive Branch agencies (like the USCG and the CDC) who write up administrative laws, rules and regulations that are never even reviewed by Congress.
    This is how we’ve allowed government to turn from a servant of the people into our master.

  7. Fishing crews should socially distance from other fishing crews. Fishing vessels need to stay at least 6 feet apart at all times. Let’s see…what other safety measures can we inflict on our fishing crews to make life more miserable.

  8. I wonder, when will China Joe and his puppetmasters decide that we need to start slapping masks on all the fish that are caught as well? You know, because you can never be too safe!

  9. Just got off an almost empty Alaska Airlines flight from King Salmon to Anchorage and was astounded that they put me in a seat next to someone else when there were lots of empty seats on the plane! Granted everyone was wearing a mask, but this “woke” crap is getting short on common sense.. Makes me wonder about the maintenance & piloting capabilities at Alaska Airlines right now.

  10. The CDC is a joke and very corrupt as Dr. Fauci’s recently released e-mails show. They illegally funded “gain of function” research through the NIH and a third party organization against Federal Law. Masks do absolutely nothing to stop a virus due to the size of a virus particle being to small for the mask to capture and new clinical studies show cloth masks are making people sick by capturing loads of bacteria that they breath in daily. This is on top of the fact that it is a violation of a person’s constitutional rights as upheld by a Judge in Florida. Stop allowing these fools to continue the lie about masks and don’t even get me started on the experimental vaccines that they are harming people’s health. When will Americans understand that Big Pharma is not your friend and to do your research before you jump into things like pumping an experimental drug into your body like a Rat that isn’t even approved by the FDA. Not smart!

  11. Haaaaa! Life miserable for fishing crews? Oh man you talk about a cake walk through life… name another profession where if you don’t have a good year the government steps in and hands you federal money. Year after year after year. Reduced fuel prices for fishermen, reduced harbor fees… welfare industry bunch of wanna be bucks dressed up in carhearts acting like they are working their butts off. Haaaaaaa! Hey a real job quit with your sucking off the government and if you can’t pay your own way move on and do something else.

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