Don’t lose that mask: Face coverings are still required on RTD

Despite recent changes in federal and state guidance related to mask-wearing, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) reminds the public to not put away that face-covering just yet: Masks remain required on public transit through Sept. 13, per federal mandate.

RTD requires its customers and operators to wear masks while waiting for a bus or train and while riding on the agency’s system. This has been the case since the state mask order was issued in spring 2020, near the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Since then, RTD has asked its customers to be partners in safety since staying safe is everyone’s responsibility.

“Recent reports over the past days and weeks about masks no longer being required in certain settings and environments are encouraging; however, face coverings must still be worn while waiting for or using public transportation, as mandated by the Transportation Security Administration,” stated General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson. “Like its peer agencies across the country, RTD remains focused on employee and customer safety and continues to adhere to the TSA mandate.”

The CDC last week announced that people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can stop wearing masks in most settings. On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis announced that the state will no longer require masks to be worn in most places, regardless of people’s vaccination status, although doing so in public settings is recommended. Businesses have made their own decisions around the use of face coverings.

The federal mask requirement on public transportation, which remains in effect, initially took effect Feb. 2 and pertains to the use of buses, trains, airplanes, stations and airports. To read the order or review frequently asked questions about it, visit the CDC website.

To learn more about how RTD has kept its employees and customers safe throughout the pandemic, visit