CDC Face Mask Mandate

Posted on: March 30, 2021

CDC issues Federal Mandate for Public Transportation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a mandate requiring masks to be worn on public transportation starting February 1, 2021. The move comes after the Executive Order 13998, President Joe Biden called on federal agencies to “immediately take action” on the mask mandate last week. The order applies to airplanes, taxis, trains, buses, subways, and ride-shares, but private vehicles are exempt. While many people have already opted to wear masks in such public settings, the new order means not wearing a mask in such situations will be considered a violation of federal law.


The Federal Government, State of California and Humboldt County have mandated face coverings while riding transit.

Passengers cannot ride HTA without one unless exempt. If you have a medical condition and your medical provider has instructed you not to wear a face mask (over mouth and nose), these individuals are instructed to wear a full-face shield. These individuals are also required to complete the HTA Reasonable Modification Grievance Form before the request is granted.