CDC to Require Masks on All Public Transportation

By Kurt Stolz on 30 January 2021
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Travelers in the new Moynihan Train Hall that replaced Penn Station in N.Y.C.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday that masks will be required on nearly all forms of public transportation.

The rule goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and effectively reverses a Trump administration policy.  It applies any and all forms of public transportation, including buses, trains, taxis, airplanes, ferries, boats, subways, light-rail systems, or ride-share vehicles while traveling into, within and out of the United States.

Under the CDC order, masks must be worn while waiting, boarding, traveling, and disembarking, it said. The face coverings need to be at least two or more layers of breathable fabric secured to the head with ties, ear loops or elastic bands. Scarves and bandanas will not meet the requirements of the rule, the order says.

The CDC said that it reserves the right to enforce the order through criminal penalties, but advised that it “strongly encourages and anticipates widespread voluntary compliance.” In addition, it said that it expects support from other federal agencies in order to implement the order.

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