Here’s where the travel mask mandate was lifted in the Chicago area – NBC Chicago

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced on Tuesday that face coverings will no longer be required in Illinois when traveling on public transportation, in accordance with the latest ruling from a federal judge.

The governor said he would revise his executive order to lift statewide travel mask requirements and “align with the end of the federal mask mandate enforcement on public transportation.”

The change means masks will no longer be required on public transit, at transit hubs, or at airports in Illinois, although they may remain in place in some locations as “local municipalities retain the right to establish their own mitigation measures, including masking requirements on public transport,” Pritzker said.

As of Tuesday evening, several Chicago-area transit agencies announced that masks are now optional following the governor’s announcement.

So where have travel masking requirements been lifted around Chicago?

Airports and Airlines

According to the statement from the Chicago Department of Aviation, masks will no longer be required at O’Hare and Midway airports, effective immediately.

“To align with recent changes in state and federal guidelines, the Chicago Department of Aviation will no longer require masks at O’Hare and Midway International Airports,” officials said.

Authorities are still encouraging passengers to wear masks at airports and to show courtesy to those who choose to do so.

“Please be kind and courteous to fellow passengers as we continue to welcome people to Chicago airports,” the statement read.

A number of airlines, including Chicago-based United Airlines, said the decision means masks are no longer required on domestic flights.


Metra said Tuesday that masks will now be optional on train lines, following an announcement by Gov. JB Pritzker that face coverings will no longer be required in Illinois when traveling on public transportation.

“In light of Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement, from now on masks will be welcome but not required when traveling on Metra trains. They remain an important preventative measure against COVID-19. We ask that everyone to be courteous and kind to other passengers and understand their needs and choices. It’s been a tough time for everyone – let’s all do what we can to help each other on the way home,” Metra said in a statement.

CTA and rhythm

The Chicago Transit Authority and Pace released statements Tuesday saying masks are now optional on train lines and buses, effective immediately.

“Following the Governor’s announcement regarding Executive Order 2022-06, CTA will no longer require masks on public transportation,” CTA said in a statement.

Both agencies encouraged passengers to be courteous and respectful to other passengers, while encouraging customers to wear a mask on board.

“In response to Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement, masks will be welcome but not required on Pace buses or at facilities effective immediately,” Pace said in a statement. “Let’s all do what we can to help each other on the way home.”

Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft have also released statements indicating that masks are now optional for passengers and drivers.

“As of April 19, 2022, passengers and drivers are no longer required to wear masks while using Uber,” the company said in updated safety guidelines on its website. “However, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high levels of transmission in your area.”

Lyft made a similar statement and added, “We know everyone has different levels of comfort, and anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. As always, drivers or passengers can decline to wear a mask. accept or cancel any trip they make ‘I do not wish to take.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle overturned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide mask mandate on airplanes and mass transit. In a 59-page ruling, the Florida judge said the CDC failed to provide a rationale for its decision and failed to follow proper rule-making procedures, which left it fatally flawed.

The CDC had recently extended a federal mask mandate on public transportation and in transit hubs through May 3, to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the United States.

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