The rules about masking are more confusing right now than perhaps any time since the pandemic started. The CDC says we should wear one while traveling; a federal judge rules we can take them off. As of Tuesday, SEPTA made masks optional on its vehicles but still required in its districts and offices -- because an indoor mask mandate went back into effect this week for the city...unless a pending anti-mask lawsuit overturns it.
We're watching closely at BSR, not because we cover public health or transit policy, but because we believe debates about Covid policies are, in fact, debates about who's welcome in our public spaces; in other words, it's about accessibility. We hope you'll read this week's editorial, and maybe answer the question at the end.
In other news, our founding editor Dan Rottenberg's new memoir, The Education of a Journalist: My Seventy Years on the Frontiers of Free Speech is out. We reviewed it this week.