RIPTA: Federal extension on mask mandate for passengers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is notifying passengers on the federal extension of face masks being worn when using public transportation.

The mandate, which has been in place since February 1, 2021, has now been extended through April 18, 2022.

The Transportation Security Administration says face masks remain a requirement for passengers and employees on “all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems.”

RIPTA says they are committed to following TSA guidelines.

According to RIPTA CEO, Scott Avedisian, passengers under the age of two and those who have a disability that prevents them from safely wearing a mask are exempt on RIPTA buses.

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