Spokane Transit Authority makes masks optional for buses

SPOKANE, Wash. — After the federal mask mandate for travel was lifted by the White House, the Spokane Transit Authority announced on Tuesday that masks will also be optional for its buses.

STA still required masks on its buses Monday and sent out the following statement:

“STA will continue to require until there is updated guidance from the TSA or FTA. There is no official new direction from federal authorities.”

As of Tuesday, people riding Spokane Transit Authority buses no longer have to put on face-coverings. They won’t be required inside Spokane International Airport either, nor on most domestic and some international flights.

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Alaska, Delta, and many other airlines announced the end of their mask mandates on Monday. While some travelers are still choosing to mask up, other think it’s been long overdue.

“I think it’s been wonderful — freedom,” said traveler Dale Smith.

For others, it was an easy transition to make.

“Actually, I don’t care one way or the other,” said flyer Elinor Chehey. “The mask doesn’t bother me.”

The White House said its disappointed in the ruling, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still wants to require masks for the rising BA.2 omicron subvariant.

The CDC wanted to extend the mask mandate through May 3, but after it was shut down by a federal judge in Florida, masks are no longer a requirement to fly.

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