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Mask mandate extended to May 3 on RoadRunner buses, transit facilities, LC airport


At the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring the use of face masks on public transportation and at aviation transportation hubs through at least May 3, 2022.

The extension means all riders on RoadRUNNER buses and all Dial-A-Ride vehicles will be required to wear face masks. Additionally, face masks will continue to be required to be worn inside the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal (MVITT), 300 W. Lohman Ave., and inside the terminal building at Las Cruces International Airport, 8990 Zia Boulevard. Public notices have also been posted inside MVITT and at the airport terminal.

The CDC continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, especially the BA.2 subvariant that now makes up more than 85 percent of U.S. cases. Since early April 2022, there have been increases in the seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

During the extension period, CDC will assess the potential impact the recent rise of COVID-19 cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations, deaths, and healthcare system capacity. TSA will continue to coordinate closely with CDC and communicate any changes to this requirement with the public.

For information, call RoadRUNNER Transit at 575/541-2500 or Las Cruces International Airport, at 575/541-2471. Information also is available online at the Federal Transit Administration website at https://www.transit.dot.gov/TransitMaskUp.