Springfield City Area Transit lifts mask mandate

SPRINGFIELD — A day after the Greater Dayton RTA announced the end of its mask mandate, another area transit system is doing the same.

Springfield City Area Transit (SCAT) announced it lifted its mask mandate Wednesday morning.

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“While SCAT continues to take appropriate precautions to create safe conditions for riders, we will follow the TSA’s guidance regarding masks on public transportation,” Logan Cobbs, Springfield Deputy City Manager, stated in a release.

On Monday, a federal judge in Florida voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation. Following the ruling, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said they would “no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs.”

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Mandatory masking was added to SCAT’s operating procedures in early 2021 after initial modifications were made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite no longer enforcing the mask mandate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend making for indoor public transportation places.