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Updated Date: May 5, 2022

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone (passengers and workers), aged 2 years old and older, properly wear a well-fitting mask over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation such as airplanes, buses, etc. and transportation hubs such as airports. When people properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator, they protect themselves and those around them, and help keep travel and public transportation safer for everyone. Additionally, it is important for all of us to protect not only ourselves, but also to be considerate of others at increased risk for severe COVID-19 and those who are not yet able to be vaccinated. Wearing a mask in indoor public transportation settings will provide protection for the individual and the community. Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated locations.

This public health recommendation is based on the currently available data, including an understanding of domestic and global epidemiology, circulating variants and their impact on disease severity and vaccine effectiveness, current trends in COVID-19 Community Levels within the United States, and projections of COVID-19 trends in the coming months.

Along with staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, washing hands frequently, social distancing and avoiding crowds, wearing a well-fitting mask or ventilator is one of multiple prevention steps that people can take to protect themselves and others in travel and transportation settings.

For more information about safer travel during the pandemic, see Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC and International Travel | CDC.