NEW – Federal Mask Order Effective February 1, 2021. The Federal Government has issued an order that requires masks which cover both the mouth and nose for passengers, visitors, and employees in the airport terminal, on commercial flights, and on airport property (which TSA has confirmed includes all portions of the airport, including all general aviation areas.) Failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Individuals may also be subject to criminal or civil penalties, or both.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) order can be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/Mask-Order-CDC_GMTF_01-29-21-p.pdf
- Masks must completely cover the nose and the mouth.
- Masks should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops or elastic bands that go behind the head.
- Masks should fit snugly
- Children under 2
- If a person has a disability and can’t wear a mask
- While eating, drinking or taking medications for brief periods
- While communicating with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential
- When it is necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity
The following do NOT meet the requirements of this order:
- Masks with slits exhalation valves or punctures
- Face shields. (Can be worn as a supplement to a mask but not on their own)
- Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas or bandannas
- Shirt or sweater collars pulled up over nose and mouth
- Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that is knitted (example: fabrics that let light pass through)