BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts travelers do not need masks to travel by land, by air, and now, by sea. Joining the chorus of public transportation companies rescinding their mask mandates, the Steamship Authority announced on Wednesday they are no longer requiring facial coverings on their vessels.
Following a ruling from the United States Middle District Court of Florida, and a U.S. Coast Guard information bulletin, the SA will no longer mandate masks be worn on at its terminals or on its ferries and shuttle buses. The decision, officials say, came after the U.S. Coast Guard detailed that they would not enforce mask use on public transportation.
The SA also says they support and encourage any passengers who continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations to mask up on ships.
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Officials say that the change takes effective immediately, despite mask requirement signage remaining on SA premises.
Other forms of transportation that dropped their mask mandate include trains serviced by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and on flights by airline at Logan International Airport.