Bay Area Rapid Transit requires masking again
SAN FRANCISCO — The commuter rail system serving the San Francisco Bay Area is again requiring masks for travelers and employees, the agency said.
Bay Area Rapid Transit’s board of directors voted Thursday to immediately reinstate the mask mandate on all trains and in stations beyond ticket doors. It runs until October 1 unless extended again.
BART’s previous mask tenure began in April and ended on July 18. For 10 days, masking was optional but strongly encouraged.
BART serves commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties.
The BART board vote came hours after Los Angeles County public health officials scrapped a plan to impose a universal indoor mask mandate this week as COVID-19 infections and hospitalization rates have stabilized. However, masks are still required at all indoor public transportation hubs in Los Angeles County, including airports and bus stations and on all public transportation, including buses, trains, taxis, and vehicles. of transportation service.
San Francisco and Los Angeles counties are at the “high” level of community transmission set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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