New mask regulations in effect on all BRTA buses
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) has released the new rules for riding buses in the Berkshires based on the new mask regulations per Federal Law and the Center for Disease Control.
The BRTA website listed the new mask regulations…
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will:
board only people who wear masks;
instruct people that wearing a mask is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law;
monitor for any person who is not wearing a mask and seek compliance from such a person;
at the earliest safe opportunity, disembark any person who refuses to comply; and
notify people of the requirement to make sure they aware of and comply with the requirement to wear a mask.
People are not required to wear a mask under the following circumstance:
while communicating, for brief periods of time, with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
The following categories of people are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask:
A child under the age of 2 years;
A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability.
Masks are available to those without a mask from the bus operator or at the ITC.
The new mask regulations were mandated by an executive order signed by President Biden to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The BRTA serves 26 communities and covers an area as large as Rhode Island according to their website. They are one of fifteen regional transit authorities in Massachusetts.