U.S. DOT "Mask Up" campaign launches to ensure transportation worker safety

March 23, 2021

Campaign aimed at educating travelers on their responsibility to comply with wearing a mask when traveling

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently announced the agency's “Mask Up” campaign to help ensure the safety of transportation workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The campaign is a joint effort by the Federal Aviation, Motor Carrier Safety, Railroad and Transit Administrations across all forms of transportation. The centerpiece of the campaign is a digital toolkit including posters, social media, FAQs and other resources.

“Throughout the pandemic, transportation workers have played a vital role connecting Americans to their jobs, keeping goods moving, and ensuring that vaccines get to where they’re needed,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “With this campaign, we’ll send a clear message to people who travel: When you wear a mask, you’re protecting the safety of our essential transportation workers, your fellow passengers, and yourself.”

The campaign is aimed at educating travelers and transportation providers on their responsibility to comply with wearing a mask when traveling. Wearing a mask on all public transportation—including buses, trains, airplanes, and ferries, and while at all transportation hubs—helps protect essential workers, U.S. DOT says. There is a national requirement to wear a mask while traveling, per the Order issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Directive.

All transportation operators are required to make sure their passengers are complying with the new masking requirements during boarding, riding, and disembarking.