April 19th, 2022 - Federal Mask Requirement Lifted for Public Transportation
As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
In addition, effective immediately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce its mask-related Security Directives. TSA is also withdrawing its Security Directive 1582/84-21-01E, which was issued on April 15, 2022, and was scheduled to take effect today.
In connection with the federal mask requirement begin lifting, ODOT Public Transportation Division would like to add that the March 11, 2022 letter from the Oregon Health Authority on mask mandates no longer requires general indoor masking requirement but does not prohibit a governmental entity, business, or workplace from requiring that individuals wear masks. Individuals who wish to continue to wear masks to protect against COVID-19 are free to do so.