27 Jul 2020

Mask Announcement Update - 7/27/2020

South Shore News

*UPDATE 2/1/21: In accordance with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention federal order effective at 11:59pm ET on Feb. 1, 2021, the South Shore Line will continue to require masks or face coverings for all passengers and employees in stations and onboard our trains. Certain passengers with medical/health issues and children under the age of two (2) are exempt from the mask mandate. Passengers who do not comply with the mask mandate will be subject to removal from trains. 

**REVISION 11.14.20 - With the new enforcement requirements contained in the Executive Order #2-48, the mask noncompliance car" is immediately discontinued.**Except within the “mask optional” car located as the second car of every train, masks are required to be worn by all passengers unless excused for reasons of deafness or medical conditions. 

However, St. Joseph, Laporte, and Lake Counties now require facial coverings in public areas. Passengers seated in the “mask optional” car are requested to govern their behavior consistent with the mask requirements posted by those counties. Posted guidance on mask requirements is found at the following sites:

St. Joseph County: https://www.sjcindiana.com/1875/Mask-Up-Michiana

Laporte County: https://laporteco.in.gov/face-covering-mandate-and-covid-faq/

Porter County: https://www.porterco.org/1665/July-14-Update-From-Porter-County-Health

Lake County:  https://www.lakecountyin.org/portal/user/anon/page/viewcms?name=/lcportal-cms/health/news/Public_health_order_-_Jul_20_2020.pdf

City of Gary: https://gary.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/07-20-20-City-of-Gary-Mask-Mandate.pdf

City of East Chicago: http://www.eastchicago.com/DocumentCenter/View/1064/EXECUTIVE-ORDER-20-06?bidId=

City of Chicago: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/sites/covid/health-orders/CDPHOrder2020-9-CautiouslyReopen-7-24-2020.pdf

State of Illinois: https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-32.aspx