Despite state mandate ending, masks still required at Cleveland Hopkins and other travel hubs

Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 6:54 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - While masks are no longer required by the state of Ohio, a federal mandate is still in place for travelers on airplanes, trains, boats and buses.

The guidance, which also applies to travel hubs such as airports, is set to expire on September 13th.

“Part of it has to do with the unique conditions of the physical space. Part of it has to do with the conditions of it being a workplace and folks who really don’t have a choice about being there the way it is in some other cases,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

At Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, signs are placed throughout the main passenger areas reminding them of the rules. Violating them could result in serious consequences.

Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on the airport and failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport is a violation of federal law; individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.

“These rules and regulations and these bodies of guidance always evolve with the science. But the bottom line is we have a set of rules in place to keep people safe,” Buttigieg added.

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