As a result of the court order, effective immediately and beginning April 18, 2022, CDC’s January 29, 2021 order requiring masks on public transportation vehicles and transportation centers is no longer in effect. Therefore, the CDC will not enforce the order. The CDC is consistently recommending that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
At this time, for people 2 years of age or older—including passengers and workers—a mask or respirator that fits snugly over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of CDC public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, buses, ferries) recommend wearing. and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations and seaports). When people wear a properly fitting mask or respirator, they protect themselves and those around them, and help keep travel and public transport safe for all. Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated places, such as airport jetways. CDC also encourages Operators of public transport and transport centers Supporting masks to be worn by all people, including employees.
This public health recommendation is based on currently available data, including an understanding of domestic and global epidemiological, circulating variants and their effects on disease severity and vaccine effectiveness, current trends in COVID-19 community levels within the United States and COVID-19. includes estimates. -19 Trends in the coming months.
Along with staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoiding crowds and washing hands, wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator is one of the many prevention steps people can take when traveling and traveling. Can lift to protect themselves and others in transportation settings.
People must comply with any requirements and recommendations of state, tribal, local and regional authorities, authorities of international destinations and operators of public transport or transport hubs.
For more information about safe travel during the pandemic, see Domestic travel and international travel during COVID-19.
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- At times when public transport or transport hubs are crowded
- In areas that are poorly ventilated. Examples of poorly ventilated areas include:
- small, enclosed spaces such as airport jetways
- During public transit periods when the ventilation system is turned off and the windows are closed (for example, when the engine is turned off on an airplane)
- During international travel and in transport centers serving international passengers
- If you are at high risk of becoming very ill with COVID-19, or if you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk
- during long distance domestic travel
- When the area where you are located has a high COVID-19 community level (applies to US locations only)
- If you have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you are not recommended to quarantine. Wear a well-fitting mask or respirator when traveling or using public transportation, around others, for 10 days from the date of your last close contact.
- Using public transportation and living in transportation hubs can include spending long periods in areas that may be crowded or poorly ventilated, increasing your chances of being exposed to COVID-19.
- People on public transportation may not have the option of avoiding being around people who are not wearing masks by landing or relocating to another area, such as on an airplane during flight, or on a bus or train during the motion.
- Some people (or someone they live with or have social contact with) who use public transportation or work in a transportation setting may have a weakened immune system or an increased risk of serious illness.
- Some cannot get the vaccine for COVID-19, including children under the age of 5.
- Some of these people may have no option of public transport.
- People from countries or American communities with varying levels of COVID-19 or circulating variants meet in travel and public transportation settings. These people also travel to many different places, so exposure to transportation hubs or public transportation can spread across the United States and around the world.
- Consider traveling during off-peak times when public transport and hubs are likely to be less crowded.
- If you are on a mode of public transportation where this is an option, open the windows to improve ventilation.
- Go on domestic travel during COVID-19. CDC and International Travel | CDC for additional ways you can protect yourself and others while traveling.
Transport and transport hub operators
Operators of transportation and transportation hubs can take steps to help keep travel and public transportation safe for all.
- Support the wearing of masks or respirators in vehicles and transportation centers for all people 2 years of age or older, including employees.
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- Keep the convection ventilation system on for passengers and employees on board the aircraft during boarding and disembarking.
- Where possible, open windows on vehicles.
- Reduce crowds where possible.
- Promote hand hygiene, such as providing hand sanitizer dispensers and ensuring that they are filled and working.
Operators of cruise ships participating in CDC’s COVID-19 program for cruise ships must continue to follow applicable guidance.
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The CDC recommends wearing a mask or respirator that fits snugly over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation and transportation hubs.
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