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La Crosse buses drop mask mandate



For the first time in two years, riders will not have to wear a face mask on a La Crosse city bus.

The MTU made the change following a Florida judge’s ruling Monday, knocking down a mandate, which was supposed to run until early May.

“Originally, the court ruling was for the CDC guideline,” Adam Lorentz, the city’s director of transit, said, “but the TSA is the one that enforces that rule, and late (Monday) night, the TSA sent out an assessment that they will no longer be enforcing the security directives and the emergency requiring a mask on public transportation.”

The news comes as Wisconsin is averaging 647 COVID-19 cases and two deaths per day over the past week.

Lorentz said the MTU fleet has been upgraded during the pandemic, with better air filtration, and barriers to protect the drivers.

Lorentz added that some riders occasionally complain to bus drivers about having to be masked but most went along with the rule.

La Crosse bus riders can still wear face masks if they feel more comfortable doing so.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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