Masks no longer required on public transportation services in Connecticut – NBC Connecticut

The State Department of Transportation (DOT) has said masks will no longer be required on Connecticut public transportation services.

The discontinued mandate will affect CTtransit, Hartford Line and Shoreline East services and facilities in the state.

DOT officials said the decision comes as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ended enforcement of the mask mandate earlier this week.

A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the CDC exceeded its authority when it issued a mask mandate for airplanes and other forms of public transportation.

“For the past two years, our transit operators have provided masks to the public and enforced mask mandates on transit. Now that the federal transit mask mandate is no longer in effect, masking will no longer be enforced, but is still strongly encouraged by current CDC guidelines,” said DOT Deputy Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto. , in a press release.

Masks will still be required on New Haven line services, which are operated by Metro-North. It is unclear whether they also plan to drop the mandate.

Authorities are still strongly encouraging the use of masks.

The Connecticut Airport Authority no longer requires face masks at its airports.

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