SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Travelers will have to continue to wear face masks at airports, on airplanes, and on commuter bus and rail systems through at least Jan. 18, 2022.
The Transportation Security Administration extended the mandate on Friday, which was set to expire on Sept. 13, 2021.
It’s required for all travelers 2 years and older, unless they are exempt due to certain disabilities.
Civil penalty fines are possible for violators of the mandate.
Wearing face masks has been one of the primary forces of lowering COVID-19 transmission. This is because the virus is airborne, and can be spread when people are breathing, speaking, singing, etc.
According to the CDC, masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.