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On Friday, February 5, 2021, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation to lift the pandemic mask requirement across the state, effective Sunday, February 7, 2021. Other local mandates have also loosened in recent weeks. For the safety and protection of our passengers and employees, Linn County LIFTS continues to align with the federal transit mask mandate that requires masks on all public transportation according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal Register Notice and the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) Security Directive.
All LIFTS personnel and customers are required to wear a face mask covering the nose and the mouth while on any LIFTS vehicles. Passengers will not be allowed on LIFTS vehicles without a proper face covering. In addition, riders must wear a face covering for the entire duration of their trip.
"At LIFTS, we're committed to protecting the health and safety of our passengers and employees and will continue to maintain the federal transit mask requirement in an effort to keep our communities safe," LIFTS Director Tom Hardecopf said. "While we're all eager to get to a point where masks are not required, we must follow Federal guidelines."
LIFTS will continue to offer a complimentary mask to those who do not have one. Passengers who refuse to wear a proper mask covering will be refused service until they comply with the federal mandate.