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Chicago Transportation Options Drop Mask Mandates

Zack Miller | The PhoenixMasks are no longer required on public transportation or ride shares in Chicago, following a federal judge’s decision on mandates.

Riders in Chicago are no longer required to wear masks on some of the city’s most popular transportation options, including the CTA, Metra, Uber and Lyft, after a federal judge’s decision has impacted mask mandates across the country.

The change comes the day after a federal judge in Florida struck down a national mask mandate on mass transportation, triggering a slew of transportation agencies, airlines and companies to drop their own face covering requirements, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced April 19 he would revise the state’s executive order requiring masks on public transit and in transportation hubs to comply with the ruling. The CTA, Metra, O’Hare and Midway announced the end of their mask mandates shortly after the governor’s decision. 

“I’m proud of the work our state has done to fight COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable,” Pritzker said. “I continue to urge Illinoisans to follow CDC guidelines and, most importantly, get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.”

Uber and Lyft, two of the most popular rideshare options for people getting around in the city, also dropped their mask requirements for passengers and drivers April 19. 

Loyola hasn’t announced any updates to its current masking policies, which only require face coverings in health settings, classrooms and on university transportation.

Chicago is averaging 481 new positive COVID-19 cases per day as of April 19, while Loyola averages 1.11% test positivity rate.

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