BART will lift the COVID-19 mask mandate on October 1

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OAKLAND — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials announced Thursday that the current mask mandate would expire on October 1, one of the last places in the region where pandemic-era mask rules remain in effect.

The agency’s board of directors approved a new resolution on masks that would activate a mask mandate when public health officials require it in their jurisdiction. As no requirement currently exists, the mandate may expire.

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As masking requirements have eased in the Bay Area and California, BART has largely enforced its rules except for a few brief periods earlier this year. Masks were briefly optional at the end of April After a Federal Judge Cancels the Federal Mask Mandate on Public Transportationbut the agency reinstated its own requirement days later.

The requirement for face covering: was dropped again on July 18but the agency restored the mask mandate on July 28citing an increase in COVID-19 cases during that time.

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According to the resolution, masks are required again if one of the following conditions is met:

  • A health officer in one of the counties BART serves restores a mask mandate (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara)
  • The California Department of Public Health reinstates a mandate for indoor masks.
  • The Centers for Disease Control or Transportation Security Administration reinstates a mandate.
  • Every metropolitan area in the US is experiencing a COVID-19 wave as defined by the CDC.
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BART said masking in the system still strongly recommends and free masks will continue to be available through station agents and BART police personnel.

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