Baltimore-area counties lifted indoor mask mandates as COVID cases plummeted earlier this year. However, a federal mandate still required masks on public transit.
A federal judge in Florida struck down the public transit mask mandate on Monday, enabling airlines, airports and mass transit authorities to make their own decisions about masks.
Masks on public transit are now optional, the Maryland Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The change is effective immediately.
Wearing masks at BWI Marshall Airport and on flights arriving and departing from BWI is now optional, according to MDOT.
Several U.S. airlines that all fly out of BWI, including Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Spirit and United Airlines, dropped the mask mandate following the ruling.
Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft also lifted their masking rules. Both announced Tuesday that riders and drivers are no longer required to wear masks in vehicles.
In addition, masks are optional on all Maryland Transit Administration transit systems including buses, trains and mobility vehicles, MDOT said.
TSA announced Monday it won’t be enforcing masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, still recommends that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.
As of Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 positive rate was 4.21%.