It’s the start, but one can expect others to follow suit and reimpose an indoor mask mandate at some level. Philadelphia is leading the charge back into COVID panic as the city of Brotherly Love is reinstating its indoor mask mandate in response to increasing COVID infection from the latest variant of the virus, Omicron BA.2. In the wake of a Gridiron Club Dinner in the Nation’s Capital last weekend, that can best be described as a “super-spreader event”, at least 80 of the attendees – many high government officials – became infected after attending. As a result, the Philadelphia indoor mask mandate – which requires a mask indoors in all public spaces (schools, businesses, restaurants and government buildings) will go back into effect on Monday, April 18. Ironically, April 18 was also the latest scheduled end of the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) masking mandate requiring all travelers to wear masks in airports, on airplanes, trains, buses or other mass transportation. On Wednesday, the TSA extended the mandate for another 2 weeks, through May 3. Out on the West Coast, despite the fact that California’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) was recently extended by Governor Newsom through May 6, 2022, the Cal/OSHA Standard Board has posted a notice that it plans to readopt a third version of the ETS at its meeting next Thursday.