CAT ending mask requirement following judge’s order

Chatham Area Transit is no longer requiring customers to wear masks while using CAT services, following a federal judge’s ruling on Monday that the Transportation Security Administration’s 14-month-old directive was unlawful.

The judge’s ruling comes after the Transportation Security Administration had announced on April 13 that the mask mandate for all transportation networks, including public transportation would be extended through May 3. That extension will no longer be enforced due to the judge’s ruling.

As a result, CAT is dropping the requirement, although the agency is continuing to recommend that customers wear masks as US health officials assess the impact of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the airborne coronavirus.

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