PORTLAND, Ore. — Riding public transit will look much differently than it has the past two years. Masks are now optional on public transit following Monday’s court decision and new directive from the Transportation Security Administration.
TriMet, C-Tran and the Cherriots announced the change on Tuesday morning.
“For the next few days, people may continue to see mask-related signs and hear audible announcements on board,” says TriMet’s Tyler Graf.
Masks are now optional on our buses and trains due to a change in federal law, but the CDC does recommend continuing to mask up on transit. We know our riders have mixed feelings about the mandate ending. We ask everyone to be respectful of others as we all adjust to this change. https://t.co/Rv0EwNdxaJ
— TriMet (@trimet) April 19, 2022
Effective April 19, 2022, C-TRAN employees and customers can choose whether they would like to wear a mask, and we strongly encourage individuals to make the best decision that supports their well-being and personal needs. #VanWa pic.twitter.com/DigSNjfQ9m
— C-TRAN (@ctranvancouver) April 19, 2022
Wearing a face mask is encouraged, but it is now OPTIONAL for all riders on the bus, as well as inside and outside Cherriots transit centers. pic.twitter.com/K1FPL8gayM
— Cherriots (@Cherriots) April 19, 2022
Multnomah County and the CDC still recommend wearing a mask while traveling with others.
“The ruling has changed what can be enforced at the federal level however it does not change the potential for reducing your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 by continuing to mask on transportation particularly when you are in close contact for prolonged periods of time,” said Public Health Director Jessica Guernsey.
Masks will continue to be available on buses and trains in line with that recommendation.