TSA announces mask requirement for travelers to remain into September

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 25: Travelers check in with TSA at O’Hare International Airport on November 25, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Although airports are expecting fewer than half the number of travelers from Thanksgiving 2019, they are anticipating the largest number of travelers since March when the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the United States. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Passengers taking planes, buses and public transit, in addition to navigating airports, will be required to wear a mask at least through September, according to the TSA.

The agency announced Friday that the mask requirement was set to expire originally on May 11 but has been extended through September 13. The extension is consistent with the most recent CDC guidance.

Exemptions to the mask requirement do remain in place for travelers under the age of 2 years old and those with certain disabilities. Civil penalties are also staying for those who violate the requirement.

For more information about TSA procedures, visit the agency’s COVID-19 page.

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