BART Board of Directors reinstates mask mandate

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BART’s Board of Directors this morning reinstated a mandate requiring riders to wear masks in paid areas. The rule is effective until July 18 unless it is extended.

Last week, BART became the latest transit agency to make masks optional following a change in federal, state and local directives. The change in policy stemmed from a Florida judge’s decision to strike down the federal mask mandate for public transit.

At the time, BART officials warned that their Board of Directors may decide to reinstate the mask mandate, which indeed occurred at its meeting today. The official Board decision approves “a temporary amendment to the District’s Code of Conduct to require riders to wear masks,” the transit agency said.

“Free masks are available at station agent booths and from all safety staff for those who need one,” the transit agency said. “As with the previous federal mandate, BART PD will continue its education-based enforcement of the mask requirement by offering free masks to anyone who needs one before taking any enforcement action which could include a citation up to $75 or being ejected from the paid area.”