U.S. Department of Transportation Launches "Mask Up" Campaign
Campaign helps educate transportation operators educate the public about the federal requirement to wear masks while traveling.
- By Shereen Hashem
- Mar 25, 2021
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced its “Mask Up” campaign to help ensure workers’ safety during the pandemic.
The campaign is a collaboration between the Federal Aviation, Motor Carrier Safety, Railroad and Transit Administrations across all forms of transportation. “Mask Up” will feature an influx of social media posts, FAQs and posters.
“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. “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 goal of the campaign is to educate transportation providers and travelers on the importance of wearing a mask while traveling. This includes all methods of public transportation: airplanes, buses, trains, etc. The CDC and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a national requirement to wear a mask while traveling.
All transportation operations are required to make sure their passengers are complying with masking requirements while boarding, riding and disembarking.
Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety magazine.