The CDC has ordered a nationwide mask mandate on public transportation, starting Monday (February 1).

The order requires the use of facemasks inside airports, buses, trains, subways, boats, or any ride-sharing service such as taxis, Uber, or Lyft.

Masks can only be removed for “brief periods” to eat, drink, or take medication. Children under two and people with certain medical conditions are exempted. 

Depending on the circumstances, public transportation operators must take the following actions:

  • Board only people who wear masks.
  • Instruct people that wearing a mask on the conveyance is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law.
  • Monitor the conveyance for any person who is not wearing a mask and seek compliance from such a person.
  • At the earliest safe opportunity, disembark any person who refuses to comply.
  • Notify people of the requirement to make sure they aware of and comply with the requirement to wear a mask.