On February 1, 2021, a federal order took effect requiring travelers to wear face masks. According to the order from the Centers for Disease Control, face passengers on trains, buses, trains and subways, airplanes, ships, taxis, and ride-share services, and any other mode of transportation must wear masks. The order also requires masks at all transportation hubs including airports, bus terminals, seaports, train stations, and U.S. ports of entry. This guidance follows President Biden’s executive order requiring face masks to be worn on all federal properties.
Examples of a person with a disability who might not be able to wear a face mask
Individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other respiratory disabilities may not be able to wear a face mask because of difficulty in or impaired breathing. People with respiratory disabilities should consult their own medical professional for advice about using face masks. The CDC also states that anyone who has trouble breathing should not wear a face mask.
[A woman fitting a face mask on a young child.]
People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety, or claustrophobia (an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places), may feel afraid or terrified when wearing a face mask. These individuals may not be able to stay calm or function when wearing a face mask.