CDC to Ease Nationwide Mask Requirements for Travel

by Patrick Herron

The CDC plans on easing federal mask requirements for travel on buses, subways, and airplanes in the U.S.

Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), at the request of the CDC, extended its face mask requirement for, “individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems” until April 18. It was set to expire on March 18.

During this time, the CDC says they will work with government agencies to come up with a revised framework on when, and under what circumstances, masks will be required on public transportation. The framework will be based on COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science

Locally, Metro, Metro Bus, and Ride-On require all passengers to wear face masks.

The CDC statement:

“At CDC’s recommendation, TSA will extend the security directive for mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for one month, through April 18th.

During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor. This revised framework will be based on the COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science. We will communicate any updates publicly if and/or when they change.”

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