Face masks no longer required on San Francisco Bay Area BART as mandate expires


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Wearing a mask is no longer mandatory on BART.

You will recall that BART followed federal, state and local mandates and lifted its mask requirement in April.

A week later, BART’s board of directors voted to reinstate the mask’s mandate, which expired on Monday.

“We think if it was done regionally it would be much more efficient,” said BART board member Rebecca Saltzman. “BART doing it on its own was effective at first, but it gets less and less effective over time, because nowhere else does it require it.”

The runners we spoke with were divided on the move.

While some plan to keep their masks on, due to the rise in cases of the extremely contagious BA.5 subvariant, others were feeling fine with warrant expiration.

“It should be optional at this point. People are already getting four shots, 4 shots,” Jay Pereta explained.

“I think COVID isn’t completely over, so I think it’s smart to stay safe and always wear your mask,” said BART rider Natalia Fields.

UCSF’s Dr. George Rutherford is still urging runners to wear their masks.

“Now is not the time to do that, especially in enclosed indoor environments like BART,” Rutherford said. “I take BART to work almost every day and I can tell you that during commuting hours you have to stand. It’s so tight in there.”

BART says he could reinstate the warrant at any time.

They plan to discuss this topic at their next board meeting on July 28.

In the meantime, free masks will still be available for anyone who wants them at all station attendant kiosks and from all security personnel.

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