DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The mask mandate in Texas will be lifted on Wednesday, March 10, but that won’t affect current operations at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Trinity Metro.
Both DART and Trinity Metro said Wednesday they will still require masks on or at anything regarding the two public transportation companies, including buses, trains, platforms and stations. This also includes the Trinity Railway Express trains.READ MORE: West Texas Man Eduardo Lara Jr. Sentenced To More Than 12 Years For Coercing, Enticing Minor
The companies said requirements will stay in line with guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on public transportation. The CDC says all passengers and personnel must wear face masks or coverings, per federal law.READ MORE: Dallas Police Seized $100K In Cash From Love Field Traveler Using Civil Asset Forfeiture
“Refusing to wear a mask, unless exempted or excluded under the CDC guidelines, is a violation of federal law and failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, and passengers may be subject to federal penalties,” DART said in a news release.MORE NEWS: Mansfield ISD Police Determine Social Media Threat To James Coble Middle School Not Credible
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he was lifting the statewide mask mandate and allowing all businesses to operate at 100%. He cited lower COVID-19 hospitalization rates, increases in recoveries and continued vaccination efforts as reasons for choosing to lift his executive orders. The mask mandate has been in place since July 2020.