Kenosha Area Transit employees and passengers will continue to be required to wear masks on city buses and streetcars, due to Transportation Security Administration requirements, city officials said Thursday.
The mask’s mandate for transit agencies is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and is now extended until September 13, according to city administrator John Morrissey. Drivers will have masks on hand if people do not have their own mask.
The use of masks for passengers on the city’s transit system will remain in effect even after the Kenosha Mask Ordinance expires at 12:01 a.m. on May 27, Morrissey said. The city ordinance currently in effect requires anyone over the age of 5 to wear masks while spending time in public places and businesses in the city in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
TSA requirements extend to all transportation networks across the United States, including at airports, on commercial airplanes, on highway buses, and on commuter buses and rail systems, depending on city officials. The TSA’s initial face mask requirement went into effect on February 1.
Exemptions from the face mask requirement include travelers under the age of 2 and people with certain disabilities. Fines for violating the requirement range from $ 250 to $ 1,500 for repeat offenders.