BBB removes mask requirements in accordance with state guidelines

Face masks are now optional on Big Blue Bus and Metro starting Friday, September 23. The announcement from the two agencies comes as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health dropped mask requirements for public transportation, including buses, trains and airports.

While no longer required, Metro stressed on Twitter that health officials still recommend masking and BBB asked passengers to respect those who continue to wear masks on buses.

“We understand that everyone has a different level of comfort,” BBB said in a statement released Friday. “Some cyclists may continue to wear a face covering for added safety, while others choose not to. We ask you to respect the preference of your operator and other riders. »

LA County has remained in the “low” category for community spread of COVID-19 for the past few weeks, with deaths and hospitalizations also trending downward. On Friday, the Department of Public Health also relaxed indoor masking guidelines from “strongly recommended” to “individual preference.”

The changes are part of easing statewide regulations, which also resulted in the removal of mask requirements in correctional facilities and shelters. Masks are still mandatory in all health care and long-term care facilities.

Requirements and guidelines remain subject to change and if cases recur, mandates may be reinstated.

“We remain committed to keeping our system safe and will continue to make changes to the way you ride, based on guidance from the CDC and LA County Public Health,” BBB said.

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