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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Federal Order: Mandatory Masks on Public Transportation

The Center for Disease Control issued an Order on January 29, 2021 mandating the wearing of masks by individuals utilizing public transportation.  This requirement is issued to implement and enforce the January 21, 2021 Presidential Executive Order on promoting measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19 by travelers in the U.S.  This Order pertains to both employees and members of the public. Masks which completely cover both the nose and mouth must be used while awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on vehicles. Further, all individuals are required to wear masks while present at terminals, which includes both transfer centers as well as the METroplex.

 

MET Transit must use best efforts to ensure all individuals wear a mask including:

  • Boarding only individuals who wear masks (MET continues to have masks on hand for passengers who forget their mask)
  • Instructing individuals that wearing a mask is a requirement of Federal Order and not complying with the requirement is a violation of said Order.
  • Monitoring vehicles and MET locations to ensure mask compliance.
  • At the earliest safe opportunity, passengers refusing to comply with the mask requirement will be disembarked from the bus or MET facility.

 

The following categories of people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask:

  • Children 2 years of age and under.
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask for reasons related to the disability.

 

Please note that face shields, goggles, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, shirt collars, and bandanas DO NOT fulfill the requirement for mask use.

 

MET Transit relies heavily on Federal funding to continue operations, and is required to fully comply with the requirements outlined above. Both passengers and employees must wear masks at all times unless eating for a brief period, communicating with hearing impaired individuals, or during brief removal of the mask for identification purposes. Please be aware mask wearing is not optional and masks must be worn as indicated above  in order to utilize MET Transit service.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the MET at 406-657-8218.

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