Where you need it and don’t need it now

The public transport mask mandate was recently extended by the CDC until May 3. But that was short-lived after a Florida federal judge ruled on Monday that the mask mandate on airplanes and other forms of public transportation was unconstitutional, saying the CDC had overstepped its authority while declaring the mask rule invalid.

After this decision, the TSA announced that it would not impose the wearing of the mask. But while some places make masks optional, others still make it mandatory.

Confused? Help us.

Where do I NOT need a mask in and around the New Jersey area?

Face masks are are no longer needed for vaccinated individuals in outdoor public areas or indoor New Jersey areas such as public buildings, retail stores, supermarkets, gymnasiums, movie theaters, banquet halls, concert halls, hair salons , hair and nail salons, massage parlours, casinos, restaurants and bars, and more. However, businesses can still require face coverings for employees and customers.

New Jersey Schools have lifted the mask mandate for students, educators, staff and visitors. But again, schools can choose to implement their own mask rules.

N.J. Transit no longer requires masks on trains, buses and trams. Gov. Phil Murphy said masks will be a personal preference on New Jersey public transit.

PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation Speedline, which connects Philadelphia and Camden County) announced that effective today, face masks are optional when riding PATCO. The change follows new guidance from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Amtrak employees and passengers are no longer required to wear masks on trains or at stations.

SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) advises that masks will not be required in vehicles, stations and concourses.

Port Authority says the mask mandate has been lifted at Newark Liberty International Airport and Teterboro Airport.

Most airlines lifted the mask-wearing policy for employees and customers, including JetBlue, United, Delta, Southwest, American, Alaska, Spirit and Frontier.

Uber and Lyft both announced that drivers and riders are no longer required to wear masks. According to Lyft, “as always, drivers or passengers can refuse to accept or cancel any ride they don’t want to take.” Both companies no longer require people to sit in the back seat, but Uber said “to give drivers space” we ask passengers to use the front seat only if necessary due to the size of their group.”

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) does not require masks, but some shows may require stricter protocols at the request of the performer.

The Prudential Center in Newark also said that unless required by the performer or promoter of a particular show, guests will no longer be required to wear masks to attend events, including New Jersey Devils games.

PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel dropped its masks mandate unless an artist or promoter demanded it.

Madison Square Garden the guidelines no longer require guests to wear masks to attend events at indoor entertainment venues, but please note that some events may have their own COVID-19 requirements.

Yankees Stadium and CitiField announced that all fully vaccinated guests can go mask-free. Masks, however, must be worn in bathrooms and other common indoor places

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Where do I still have to wear a mask in and around the New Jersey area?

New Jersey hospitals, doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices, and all health care facilities, including long-term care facilities, still need masks.

Port Authority Under current New York City public health guidelines, the mask mandate remains in effect at the Port Authority’s Midtown Bus Terminal, George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, World Trade Center Oculus Transportation Hub, LaGuardia Airport, JFK International Airport and New York Stewart International Airport.

WAY System indicates that the mask mandate remains in effect for the interstate PATH system, including train stations and platforms except outdoor platforms.

MTA (The Metropolitan Transportation Authority), responsible for public transportation in the New York metropolitan area, says the mass requirement on public transportation in New York remains in effect.

Philadelphia International Airport says masks should always be worn in airport terminals, but masks on planes vary by airline.

Wells Fargo Center (Philly) requires masks for fans and concert-goers as Philadelphia’s indoor mask mandate has returned. This goes for all indoor spaces in the city, not just the Wells Fargo Center.

Citizens Bank Park (Philly) does not require baseball fans to wear masks outside to watch the Phillies game, but fans must wear masks in indoor areas of the ballpark, including the Diamond Club, retail stores, elevators and bathrooms.

Broadway (New York) still requires masks for audiences inside the theater except when actively eating or drinking in designated areas.

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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