The TSA issued a security directive effective February 1, 2021 at 10:59pm. This directive was issued to implement the requirements of an executive order issued on January 21, 2021, and to enforce the requirements of a CDC order mandating masks.
The TSA's new security directive states that riders must wear a mask over the mouth and nose when boarding, alighting, or traveling on a bus and when at a transportation center. Children under the age of 2 and people with disabilities who cannot wear a mask are exempted.
All Pace riders are required to wear masks while on buses and at Pace facilities. Failure to comply may result in denial of boarding or removal from the vehicle.
Pace will also notify passengers about this law by posting signage on vehicles and at facilities and through audio messaging.
Update 5/13/21: While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did offer new guidance about masks for fully vaccinated individuals, the guidance does continue to require masks on public transportation, including all buses. All Pace customers are required to wear a mask while onboard or at Pace facilities, per a federal law which is in effect until at least September 13, 2021.
Update 8/18/21: The federal mask requirement for transit vehicles and facilities is extended through at least January 18, 2022.
Get the latest updates on Pace's response to COVID-19 at www.PaceBus.com/Health.