CDC now requires face masks on public transportation, at transit hubs

Published on February 01, 2021

a man wearing a mask while talking into a phone

Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued an order that requires face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation (which includes all passengers and all personnel operating those conveyances). People must wear masks that completely cover both the mouth and nose while awaiting, boarding, disembarking or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (for example, airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation.

In compliance with local ordinances, since June 26, 2020, Trinity Metro has required all employees and customers to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth.

People are not required to wear a mask under the following circumstances:

  • While eating, drinking or taking medication for brief periods of time.
  • While communicating, for brief periods of time, with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • If, on an aircraft, wearing oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation.
  • If unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • When necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity such as during Transportation Security Administration screening or when asked to do so by the ticket or gate agent or any law enforcement official.