The CDC’s Order requiring the use of masks on transit and at transit hubs includes the following exemption; “a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the American’s with Disabilities Act.”
BRTA requires that anyone requesting an exemption related to disability status must provide documentation of such need from a licensed medical professional.
All requests must be submitted on a “DISABILITY RELATED MASK EXEMPTION REQUEST FORM” and concisely explain how their disability prevents them from wearing a mask on public transit. Requests must include medical verification from a licensed medical professional that clearly explains how their disability prevents the passenger from wearing a mask. The link for the fillable Exemption Request Form or obtain a copy in person at the Information Center. Requests may also be submitted by mail, fax, or in person.
Exemptions will not be granted based solely on a medical diagnosis, the medical professional must certify that the disability prevents wearing a mask.
Requests without appropriate documentation will not be reviewed. Upon approval, BRTA will issue a card to the party requesting the exemption that states they are exempt from the requirement based on disability. Valid cards will be numbered, dated, and signed by the BRTA. The Disability Exemption Card must be presented each time the passenger boards.