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while on conveyances and at transportation hubs effective February 1, 2021 and will remain in effect unless modified or rescinded.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.
View PART's Face Mask Policy for details on how PART is adhering to the Federal Mandate.