Island Transit riders and bus drivers will be required to wear masks while using public transit despite recent changes in Texas.
Governor Abbott’s order lifting the mask requirement beginning next Wednesday is not applicable to public transportation vehicles or buildings, including bus terminals, because of federal requirements.
Federal Executive Order 13998, which went into effect on January 21, 2021, requires all passengers using public transportation to wear a mask before entering and while riding on public transportation. All transportation employees while operating public transportation vehicles are also required to wear a mask that covers the face.
The City of Galveston asks that Island Transit riders have a face mask worn properly before entering the bus for the health and safety of staff and other passengers.