Face Masks are Still Required on Transit
Effective February 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a federal mandate requiring all passengers to wear masks or face coverings when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking transit buses.
This mandate includes any and all individuals at transit facilities.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through September 13, 2021. To learn more about the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) guidance to the transit industry on the Federal mask requirement for public transit, visit the FTA Transit Mask Up webpage.
A face mask must:
- Cover the passenger’s nose and mouth
- Include two or more layers of tightly woven fabric
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
NOTE: Bandanas, single layer gaiters, scarves, and balaclavas are no longer acceptable coverings.
TTD also asks the community to continue maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing between transit operators and passengers, and please observe the buffer zone of empty seats around transit operators.
TTD continues to monitor and implement the latest recommendations from local, state, and federal health officials, including CDC guidelines for transit operators. These include:
- Physical distancing
- Back-door entry/exiting, when possible
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
- Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which is available on all buses and in transit centers.
TTD also introduced a fare-free program to eliminate fare exchanges, which helps minimize risks by enabling passengers and operators to follow physical distancing guidelines. Other policies TTD has implemented to combat COVID-19 include daily and nightly sanitizing of bus contact surfaces and the use of face masks.
Current Prevention Tips:
We are urging passengers and employees to proactively protect themselves and others. The CDC recommends the following personal proactive steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – cdc.gov