On January 29, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order requiring that all passengers wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This requirement extends to recipients of funding and vehicles through the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 program for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and the Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 program for Rural Transit.
Operators and contractors must require all passengers to wear masks when boarding, traveling on, and disembarking from a Section 5310- or Section 5311-funded service. This requirement includes all Section 5310 or 5311 vehicles awarded through the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and contract services operated with Section 5310 or 5311 funds.
Masks that meet this requirement have the following attributes:
• Completely covers the nose and mouth,
• Fits snugly against the side of the face,
• Be made of a solid piece of material without slits, valves, or punctures,
• Cloth masks must be made of two or more tightly woven, breathable layers, and
• Masks should be secured to the head with ties, elastic, or ear loops; gaiters must be made of two layers or folded to make two layers.
The following do not meet this requirement:
• Masks that do not completely cover the mouth and nose,
• Face shields or goggles worn in place of a mask,
• Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandanas,
• Shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the nose and mouth,
• Knitted or loosely woven fabric masks,
• Masks that are hard to breathe through such as vinyl, plastic, or leather,
• Masks that have been damaged or contain slits, valves, or punctures, and
• Masks that do not fit snugly.
Additional information on these orders is available on DRPT’s COVID response webpage: