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List: Travel-related businesses dropping mask requirements following judge's ruling

Passengers walk through Akron-Canton Airport
Posted at 11:44 AM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 18:57:14-04

Following a ruling by a federal judge Monday that struck down the federal mask mandate, businesses were swift to act and started dropping mask requirements. Here's a list of of businesses that no longer require masks.

Ride-share

Uber and Lyft have announced it will no longer require customers to wear masks on trips.

On Uber's website, the company said, “riders and drivers are not required to wear masks when using Uber. However, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high transmission levels in your area.”

It also updated its front-seat policy.

Uber passengers will no longer be required to sit in the back seat. However, the ride-share company still encourages people to stay in the back if the size of their passenger group allows them.

Read more here.

Airlines

Major U.S. airlines are no longer requiring passengers to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Akron-Canton Airport said that if you prefer to wear a mask you still can, they just aren't mandatory now.

American Airlines, Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue, Allegiant and Frontier all announced masks are now optional.

In a statement to News 5, Air Canada, which operates flights from Cleveland to Toronto, said masks are still required on their aircrafts at this time.

However, some airlines warned that there may be cases where a mask is required, especially when it comes to international flights where differing COVID-19 protocols are still in place.

Additionally, travelers returning to the United States are still required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to re-enter the U.S.

Read more here.

Rail

Amtrak said masks are now optional for passengers and employees.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has also dropped its mask requirement due to the federal ruling.

"CVSR always wants our guests to feel comfortable while on the train. While CVSR will not enforce masks, guests who would like to wear a mask should feel free to wear one when joining us," the railroad said.

Buses

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority said is ended its mask enforcement mandate due to the judge's order.

"The GCRTA is immediately suspending the mask mandate for employees and customers on all GCRTA modes of transportation, facilities, and waiting environments; however, GCRTA recommends wearing face masks while waiting for and riding our buses, trains, and Paratransit vehicles. We also encourage anyone who is not fully vaccinated, feeling ill, or who is immunocompromised to use caution and consider facial coverings for their personal safety. We are updating our announcements on vehicles, signage, and other communications to reflect this change," the agency said. "The GCRTA appreciates our team members and transit riders who have helped reduce the spread of COVID-19, so we can continue to provide safe transit service to the community."

Laketran said Tuesday it no longer requires riders to wear a mask.

Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority no longer requires masks but encourages "anyone who is not fully vaccinated, feeling ill, or who is immunocompromised to use caution and consider facial coverings for their personal safety."

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