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CDC issues order requiring face masks at airports, other transportation hubs


The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a Mask Order requiring the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.


The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Mask Order at all airports in the U.S. Travelers are required to wear masks to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This order went into effect on February 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

This order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States.

Conveyance operators must also require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub, such as an airport.

The CDC order states that masks must cover both the mouth and nose, fit snugly but comfortably on the face with no large gaps, and should be made of a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures. More information about acceptable masks and their use is available on the CDC's website.

This order includes fixed base operators, charter flights, and cargo operators. It is the airport's understanding that non-commercial Part 91 operations are excluded.

BFI Airport Operations has disposable masks on hand if needed. Please contact Davey Pilley for information.

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