Masks are no longer required on Valley Transportation buses, light rail and transit vehicles and all VTA facilities, the regional transportation agency announced Wednesday.
The April 20 announcement was made “in light of the federal government’s recent decisions to remove the mask on public transportation” following a Florida federal court decision.
Airlines, airports and other transportation agencies followed suit. Caltrain updated its policy on Wednesday and said it no longer requires masks, but will continue to follow any future federal, state or local guidelines. BART OFFICERS Tweeted on Wednesday That ‘there are no more federal, state, or local guidelines that allow for a mask mandate in BART.’ BART’s board will discuss a proposal to demand masks for BART at its April 28 meeting.
The Biden administration has asked the Justice Department to appeal the ruling that has challenged the federal government’s authority to issue masked seats, but repealed the rules, which were due to expire on May 3.
“VTA strongly recommends, but does not require passengers and workers to wear masks,” the transportation agency said in a statement.
“Although the reversal in the mask requirement in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is within the jurisdiction of the court, it does not signal an end to the COVID-19 epidemic,” the agency warned. “Public health experts still recommend wearing face masks in a variety of settings, including mass transportation”
VTA is in the process of removing signage on board that requires masks and changes will be made accordingly.
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