Federal Mask Mandate
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce the spread of the virus, on January 21, 2021 President Biden issued an Executive Order entitled “Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel”. This requires masks to be worn in airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration issued a Security Directive 1582/84-21-01: Security Measures – Face Mask Requirements effective February 1, 2021. This SD also supports and enforces the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264) and 42 Code of Federal Regulations 70.2, 71.31(b), 71.32(b) mandating persons to wear masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs effective February 1, 2021 and will remain in effect unless modified or rescinded.
These mandates require public transportation workers and riders (2 years and older) to wear face masks at all times while on public transportation vehicles or in public transportation facilities. TSA's definition of a mask means materials covering the nose and mouth of the wearer (this does not include face shields). Individuals who do not comply with these requirements must be denied boarding and/or removed from the vehicle or facility. PART does offer individuals with disabilities under ADA that do not allow them to safely wear a mask the ability to qualify for a Face Mask Exemption.
The federal mask mandate has been extended: Security Directive 1582/84-21-01A.
The federal mask mandate was updated June 2021 in accordance with the CDC's June 10, 2021 announcement regarding relaxed enforcement of mask requirements outdoors. At this time, for the purpose of enforcement of the CDC Order and the SDs/EA, TSA is interpreting "outdoors" and "open air" to include 1) areas which have walls but no ceiling, such as an inner courtyard; and 2) areas which have a ceiling and no walls, such as an open air parking garage. As a result, passengers are no longer required to wear a mask when outdoors at transportation hubs or facilities. The CDC continues to recommend people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask even when outdoors to protect themselves and others. Masks are still required while on public transporation vehicles or inside public transportation facilities: Security Directive 1582/84-21-011.
View PART's Face Mask Policy for details on how PART is adhering to the Federal Mandate.