Factbox: Where you still have to wear a mask in the US


A commuter wears a mask while riding the New York City subway amid the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York, April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – Airlines and airports, ride-sharing company Uber and national train service Amtrak are now lifting mask mandates that have been in place for more than a year.

The postponement comes after a Florida judge ruled against a federal mandate and the Biden administration said it would not enforce one even as COVID-19 infections rise in the United States and more than 400 people a day take part in the due die of the airborne disease. However, the White House still urges Americans to wear masks, and they’re still required in some areas:


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Some hospital chains, like UnityPoint Health in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, have dropped mask requirements for patients, visitors and fully vaccinated employees since the Florida ruling.

But the majority of medical facilities still require masks indoors.


More than 40 Broadway theaters will still require masks until at least the end of May, according to a website representing the theaters.


Some US cities, including Washington DC, were quick to suspend mask requirements on public transit and other public spaces, while others maintained them.

Passengers in New York City are required to wear masks in inner-rail stations and aboard subways, suburban trains, buses and paratransit vehicles, says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North America’s largest transit network. The same applies to passengers on the Boston public bus and transit system and San Francisco’s BART transit network.

New York airports JFK International and LaGuardia maintained mask requirements but were dropped in nearby Newark, New Jersey.


Small business owners can ask customers to wear masks and deny entry to those who don’t.


A handful of major colleges and universities recently reinstated mask requirements after rising COVID-19 cases. Georgetown University reinstated its indoor mask mandate on April 7, citing a “significant increase” in COVID-19 cases thanks to the highly contagious BA.2 variant.

Johns Hopkins recently reinstated mask requirements in public areas and dining rooms following a post-spring break outbreak of COVID infections.


Visitors to many jails and jails are still required to wear masks, including in Los Angeles County, home of the world’s largest prison, and Washington state, according to information on their websites.


US citizens traveling to Canada must continue to wear masks after crossing the border and for 14 days thereafter.

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Reporting by Heather Timmons in Washington, DC, Jonathan Allen in New York and Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Edited by Bernard Orr

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