Guided by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) statement on Monday night, King County Metro will no longer require masks on transit. However, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
We thank our riders for your high mask usage throughout the mask mandate. Between 85% and 90% of Metro customers masked up, protecting your fellow riders and our employees. We’re also proud to have distributed nearly 8 million masks. Metro will continue to provide free masks through dispensers onboard all our modes of transit at least through July 1.
Public Health recommends wearing a high-quality, well-fitting face mask in crowded indoor settings. In other indoor public settings, individuals also may choose to wear a mask out of consideration for those who may be at high risk or if they want to further reduce their own risk for any reason.
Additionally, many of Metro’s system-wide health enhancements will stay in place permanently. These include daily disinfecting, fleetwide air filter upgrades, and encouraging contactless payment.
Per Public Health guidance, the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus is to get vaccinated and, when eligible, receive a booster.
Please understand it will take time to update all of Metro’s announcements, signs, and other communications related to the federal mask mandate.