A few Maine transit services are still requiring that their passengers and drivers wear face masks on Tuesday, after a federal judge struck down a national mask mandate for planes, trains and buses on Monday.
The Greater Portland METRO and the Community Connector bus service in Bangor are still requiring face coverings as they evaluate the shift, although that could change.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recently extended the federal mask mandate for public transportation until May 3, as part of an effort to limit transmission of COVID-19.
But a Florida judge struck the requirement down on Monday, ruling that the health agency had overstepped its authority. That has left the decision of whether to require masks to individual airlines, train and bus services, and facilities.
Now, Amtrak, Concord Coach Lines and other local Maine bus services — including in the Lewiston, Augusta and Waterville areas — have stopped requiring masks.
The Greyhound bus service also has ended its mandate except when required under local rules, or for trips between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico
Maine’s two biggest airports in Portland and Bangor, along with many commercial airlines, have also ended their mandates.
A spokesperson for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency is not planning to impose a statewide mask mandate for transportation services.
This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.