As you may know the Town of Snowmass Village has been requiring masks and enforcing passenger limits since the Spring of 2020. On January 21st President Biden signed Executive Order 13998 and as a result the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a public health order requirement for face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation (which includes all passengers and all personnel operating conveyances). These orders make mask requirements federal law enforceable by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA).
Passengers are required to wear appropriate masks that completely cover both their mouths and noses while awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on all public transportation into, within, or out of the United States. People must also wear masks while at transportation hubs and all other locations where people board public transportation in the United States. Not wearing a mask can result in denial of boarding or removal from the transit vehicle. Persons refusing to wear a mask when standing at a transportation hub, boarding, riding, or disembarking a public conveyance are subject to federal penalties.
Under this order, effective 11:59 pm on February 1st, 2021, Snowmass Village Shuttle must make our best effort to ensure that all passengers wear a mask when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of their trip. This order also applies to all persons waiting at Village Shuttle or RFTA terminals or bus stops.
Under this order, actions that must be taken by Snowmass Village Shuttle include:
- boarding only people who wear masks;
- instructing people that wearing a mask onboard or at bus stops and stations is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law and may subject them to penalties under federal law;
- monitoring for any person who is not wearing a mask and seeking compliance from such a person;
- at the earliest safe opportunity, disembarking any person who refuses to comply; and
- educating people of the requirement to make sure they aware of and comply with the requirement to wear a mask.
The following are attributes of masks needed to fulfill the requirements of the Order. CDC will update this guidance as needed.
- A properly worn mask completely covers the nose and mouth.
- Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
- Mask should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers.
- Mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
- Mask should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
The following attributes are additionally acceptable as long as masks meet the requirements above.
- Masks can be either manufactured or homemade.
- Masks can be reusable or disposable.
- Masks can have inner filter pockets.
- Clear masks or cloth masks with a clear plastic panel may be used to facilitate communication with people who are hearing impaired or others who need to see a speaker’s mouth to understand speech.
- Medical masks and N-95 respirators fulfill the requirements of the Order.
The following DO NOT fulfill the requirements of the Order.
- Masks worn in a way that does not cover both the mouth and nose
- Face shields or goggles (face shields or goggles may be worn to supplement a mask that meets above required attributes)
- Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandanas
- Shirt or sweater collars (e.g., turtleneck collars) pulled up over the mouth and nose.
- Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass through
- Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic or leather)
- Masks containing slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
- Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
The Town of Snowmass Village asks you to help us with adhering to this Federal Law and appreciates your ongoing cooperation in keeping our Village safe during this pandemic. Additional guidance on the use of masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 is available on CDC’s website.