On August 20, 2021, the Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended mask requirements on all public transportation until January 18, 2022, including those already vaccinated. The Federal requirements override State masking changes. TSA requirements were developed in consultation with the Department of Transportation and the CDC.
Per Security Directive (SD) 1582-84-21-01B: Security Measures – Mask Requirements, passengers are required to wear cloth or filter masks covering their mouth and nose on a bus or in a facility for public transportation. Not following this requirement is a violation of federal law.
Federal guidelines define a mask as a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer, excluding face shields.
The CDC mandate includes three exceptions to the masking mandate:
- Children under the age of 2,
- People with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.), and
- People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations
Passengers must stipulate they qualify for one of these exceptions if they are not wearing a mask.
Masks are available to the public at the Metro Bus Transit Center.