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Reminder: Face Coverings Are Required on MBTA Vehicles, Stations, Platforms

Posted on May 14, 2021

The MBTA is reminding customers that face coverings are required while onboard vehicles, in stations and facilities, on platforms and bus stops, and anywhere within the MBTA system for all riders, including those who have been fully vaccinated. 

On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance regarding face coverings for fully vaccinated individuals, noting that, “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask.” While the CDC’s guidance relaxes face covering requirements in some settings, this guidance also notes that fully vaccinated individuals are still required to wear a mask on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. MBTA riders are reminded that federal and state regulations continue to require face coverings while riding MBTA vehicles and within the MBTA system, regardless of a person’s vaccination status. This includes outdoor bus stops and all outdoor platforms for the Commuter Rail, subway, and trolley systems. 

Those who refuse to comply with the MBTA’s face covering requirement may be denied boarding of or be removed from MBTA vehicles and the system. 

There continue to be exemptions to the face covering requirement for individuals with certain medical conditions and those who are so exempt do not need to produce documentation of their condition.

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