The mask mandate applicable to people visiting US airports has been extended until January 18, 2022, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Transportation Security Administration.
TSA spokeswoman Sari Kochitz said the authorization includes airports, as well as airport-connected buses, trains and shuttles, and all public buses, trains, subways and ferries.
She said the aim of the directive is to reduce the spread of Covid-19 on public transport.
This isn’t the first time the TSA has extended the mask’s mandate. The TSA initially put the mask authorization in place in february. 1, with a scheduled end date of May 11. In April, this mandate was they expanded Until September 13.
Ms Kochitz said travelers under the age of two were exempt from the mask requirement, as were people with certain disabilities. It said the penalties for violating the mandate start at $250 and go up to $1,500 for repeat offenders.
As of Tuesday, more than 9,200 TSA employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 20 people have died, along with one testing contractor, according to Ms. Koshetz.