Connecticut will still require face masks on some public transit – NBC Connecticut

The Connecticut Airport Authority will no longer require face masks at its airports, but you will still have to wear a mask on some public transportation in Connecticut after a federal judge in Florida overturned a nationwide mask mandate on planes on Monday. and public transport.

However, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said passengers and employees must continue to wear a mask on CTtransit buses and Metro-North, Hartford Line and Shore Line East rail services in Connecticut.

The DOT said it would await further guidance and clarification from the federal government on whether it would appeal the recent court ruling.

The judge’s ruling allows airlines, airports and transit systems to make their own decisions about mask requirements.

On Monday evening, the Transportation Security Administration said it would no longer enforce the mask requirement.

The TSA’s announcement came hours after a federal judge in Florida ruled the CDC exceeded its authority when it issued a public transportation mask warrant.

Face Mask Rules for Airlines, CT Airports

“Following the recent court ruling and changes to the enforcement of TSA safety guidelines and the emergency amendment requiring masks in the transportation industry, effective immediately, the CAA will no longer enforce no more mask mandates in our airports. We will continue to coordinate closely with our regulatory partners regarding any additional changes,” the Connecticut Airport Authority said in a statement.

The Connecticut Airport Authority operates Bradley International Airport and the five state-owned general aviation airports – Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham.

Here’s a look at the major US airlines that are lifting their mask mandates for domestic flights.

MTA Face Mask Requirements

New York City’s transit system also plans to keep its mask requirement in place.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority communications director Tim Minton said the system “continues to follow CDC guidelines and will review the Florida court order.”

Face coverings have been mandatory on all MTA trains and buses since the start of the pandemic.

Carpool Mask Requirements

Uber and Lyft will no longer require passengers and drivers to wear masks.

Uber says passengers and drivers are no longer required to wear masks when using the service.

The federal decision on face masks on public transport

The mask requirement covered airlines, airports, public transport and taxis, and was the biggest holdover from the pandemic restrictions that were once the norm across the country.

Ruling by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, appointed by former President Donald Trump, also said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to provide a rationale for its decision and did not followed the proper rule-making procedures, which left her fatally flawed.

Videos posted on social media show the moment the mask mandate for the flights was lifted.

Federal government response to face mask decision

The Justice Department declined to comment when asked if it would seek an emergency stay to block the judge’s order. The CDC also declined to comment.

The White House said the court’s decision means the mask order “is not in effect at this time.”

“It’s obviously a disappointing decision,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “The CDC recommends wearing a mask on public transportation.”

The CDC had recently extended the mandate for the mask, which was due to expire on Monday, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the United States.

Melvin Z. Madore