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February 11, 2021 10:08 AM

Masks Required on START Buses by Federal Order

Adding additional emphasis to the face covering mandate on buses, which Teton County issued in July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order for a mask requirement on public transportation systems nationwide including rail, van, bus and motor coaches to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

The CDC Order implements President Biden’s Executive Order 13998, promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic travel, “To save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.”


Science-based measures are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing is one of several proven life-saving measures including physical distancing, appropriate ventilation and timely testing that can reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Requiring masks will protect America’s transportation workers and passengers, help control the transmission of COVID-19, and aid in fully
re-opening America’s economy.

Locally, this means that face coverings must be worn on all START buses, at all bus stops and shelters, and at any location where START bus tickets or passes are sold. In addition to the CDC order, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) anticipates issuing additional information and guidance on this topic later this week, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has posted Frequently Asked Questions online and will continue to add to this site with additional information in the coming days.

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