The recent announcement from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz regarding the ending of the face covering requirement was an encouraging sign in the fight against COVID-19. However, private businesses and local municipalities may still put in place face covering requirements. One such business in Duluth that will still require face coverings is the Duluth Transit Authority.

The DTA announced to the public Friday that despite the change in guidance from the Centers For Disease Control, they are still requiring masks on all buses and in transit hubs. This policy applies to all passengers, including those who are fully vaccinated.

In a nutshell, this means that masks (or other approved face coverings) are still required at the Duluth Transportation Center (DTC) facility, aboard all DTA buses, and in STRIDE paratransit vehicles.

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The DTA adds that the corresponding TSA security directive is currently expected to remain in place until this fall.  Masks are available free-of-charge in dispensers on all regular route buses, and at the DTC customer service booth.

“At the DTA, we remain committed to providing safe, reliable transportation as restrictions are easing in some aspects.  Continuing to wear masks as required in this phase will ensure that our passengers and team can stay safe,” said Rod Fournier, DTA Interim General Manager.

Other businesses have the right to keep a face covering requirement in place if they so choose.  Also, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect.

Therefore, it would still be a great idea to keep your mask handy in case you head into a business that requires them, or if you're not vaccinated and you're heading indoors.

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