Face masks now optional on Muskegon Area Transit System buses – MLive.com

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Face masks on Muskegon County’s buses are now optional.

Following action by other federal, state and local transit authorities, the Muskegon Area Transit System announced it no longer requires the use of face masks aboard its vehicles and in its facilities.

The new policy took effect Tuesday, April 19. Face masks had been required due to the COVID pandemic.

Related: Michigan warns of increasing COVID-19 cases, especially in southeast, as BA.2 circulates

MATS operates line-haul buses in urban Muskegon County as well as a ride-hailing service called Go2.

The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends that individuals continue wearing masks in indoor transportation facilities.

Due to a court ruling Monday, April 18, the federal Transportation Security Administration announced it will no longer enforce COVID-19 directives requiring masks on public transportation and at transportation hubs such as airports.

A federal judge in Florida struck down mask mandates for airplanes and other forms of public transportation, ruling the CDC overstepped its authority.

The CDC reported on April 14 the rate of new COVID cases was 48 per 100,000 people in Muskegon County over the prior seven days. That equates to a “low” COVID level.

However, new COVID cases have trended up three weeks in a row and COVID hospitalizations have gone up two weeks in a row in Michigan. COVID cases are expected to continue rising into May, per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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