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Federal Face Mask Mandate for Transit Users Effective February 2

February 01, 2021

A federal face mask mandate for transit users will go into effect at 11:59 pm on Monday, February 1, 2021. Travelers on airplanes and public transportation will be required to wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19. The order was issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The order applies to passengers on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. It says travelers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while riding and while getting on and off rides. The order extends to waiting areas such as airports, train platforms, bus stops and stations and subway stations.

Arlington Transit already requires passengers and bus operators to wear a face mask or covering when using ART. Learn more about safety measures ART has put in place to keep riders and bus operators safe. 

Below are some CDC recommendations when selecting a mask.

Do choose a mask that:

  • completely covers the nose and mouth at all times.
  • fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn't have gaps.
  • has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.

If you use a gaiter, wear one with two layers, or fold it to make two layers.

Don't choose a mask that:

  • does not fit properly or is worn in a way that does not cover both the mouth and nose.
  • is made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, like vinyl or plastic.
  • has exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape.

Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are not substitutes for masks.




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