MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mask mandates have been lifted at the Memphis International Airport.

The airport announced Monday night it will no longer require passengers or employees to wear masks. U.S. airlines also said they would no longer require masks on planes.

The announcement comes after a federal judge ruled the federal mask mandate exceeded the authority of the CDC. The federal government said it would no longer enforce the mask mandate but added that masks are still recommended.

The CDC recently extended the mandate until May 3 to allow for more time to study the new coronavirus variant. However, the judge says the mandate exceeds the statutory authority of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The mandate was put in place at the beginning of 2021 and was set to expire yesterday, but the CDC extended the mandate for 15 days.

After reviewing the judge’s decision to ban the mask mandate on public transportation, the Memphis airport released this statement:

“In accordance with the TSA no longer enforcing the federal mask mandate, face mask will no longer be required for employees and passengers at Memphis International Airport.”

Several major airlines and transit systems have also announced they are doing away with their mask mandate for employees and passengers. Lyft and Uber have also made masks optional.

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) said in a statement that passengers and MATA employees will no longer be required to wear masks on vehicles and transit properties.