LA Metro removes face mask requirement on Metro Bus and Rail system

Metro announced today that effective immediately, face masks on all Metro bus and rail lines operating in LA County will now be strongly recommended, but no longer required. This follows a federal court decision in Florida on Monday that removed the mask mandate on public transportation and airplanes nationwide.

Metro will now make the wearing of face masks on public transit optional and will continue to recommend riders wear masks on board transit vehicles to help protect their health and the health of other riders whenever possible.

“After a devastating winter surge that threatened the integrity of our healthcare system, the county is now experiencing low community levels of COVID-19. With more tools available to us to fight this virus, including greater availability of vaccines, tests and therapies, the county can continue to move towards its new normal,” said Hilda L. Solis, supervisor of the first district and president of the Metro Board. “However, it is important to recognize that we are still living in a pandemic, so face masks will continue to be strongly recommended on public transport to keep us and those around us safe. I urge our residents to continue to stay vigilant and look out for each other as we move forward. »

Metro’s decision to make face masks optional while continuing to encourage their use is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which still recommends that people continue to wear masks on indoor public transportation.

“As we continue to emerge from the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our No. 1 goal will always be to keep our transit customers and employees safe,” said Metro CEO Stephanie N Wiggins. “Masks are now strongly recommended, and we would like everyone to continue to be mindful and vigilant to protect themselves and others from the evolving threat of this virus.”

Metro’s announcement follows the Transportation Security Administration’s own rollback of its safety guidelines and the emergency amendment requiring face coverings to be worn on public transportation and in transportation hubs.

During the federal face mask requirement period, Metro observed 95% voluntary compliance with the requirement. As part of its previous efforts to keep transit travel safe during the pandemic, Metro has installed face mask dispensers at major transit hubs and distributed free face masks to passengers across the Metro region. Los Angeles County.

Metro will update its messaging on face masks across our system. Please bear with us as we make these changes as soon as possible.

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