EFFECTIVE APRIL 19, 2022 PASSENGERS AND CREW ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK INSIDE OR OUTSIDE ON ThE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY.
THE U.S. COAST GUARD HAS SUSPENDED THE FEDERAL MASK MANDATE FOR ALL U.S. PASSENGER VESSELS (Per USCG MSIB 02-21, Change 5). On April 18, 2022, the US District Court, Middle District of Florida, vacated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandate for mask wear in airports, train stations, and other transportation hubs as well as on airplanes, buses, trains, and most other public conveyances in the United States, including vessels. Per this ruling, the CDC has declared that the mandate is no longer in effect. Federal agencies are reviewing the court’s decision. In the interim the Coast Guard will not enforce the directives requiring mask use on public transportation and in transportation hubs. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.