Federal public transportation masking mandate extended to March
On December 3, 2021, the Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended mask requirements on all public transportation until March 18, 2022, including those already vaccinated. The Federal requirements override State masking changes. TSA requirements were developed in consultation with the Department of Transportation and the CDC.
Per Security Directive (SD) 1582-84-21-01B: Security Measures – Mask Requirements, passengers are required to wear cloth or filter masks covering their mouth and nose on a bus or in a facility for public transportation. Not following this requirement is a violation of federal law.
Federal guidelines define a mask as a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer, excluding face shields.
The Federal mandate allows for three exemptions:
- Children under the age of 2.
- People with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).
- People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.
Passengers must state they qualify for an exemption to ride without an appropriate mask.
Metro Bus makes masks available to customers at the Metro Bus Transit Center in downtown St. Cloud and on Dial-a-Ride and ConneX buses.