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CDC: Masks required on U.S. public transportation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order takes effect Monday. It includes airports, too.
Officials pose for a picture while socially distanced and wearing masks after a new conference at the PSTA headquarters on Friday, May 29, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
Officials pose for a picture while socially distanced and wearing masks after a new conference at the PSTA headquarters on Friday, May 29, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 30
Updated Jan. 30

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an order requiring travelers to wear a mask on public transportation in the U.S., echoing an executive order by President Joe Biden shortly after he took office.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order takes effect Monday.

It states passengers on airplanes, trains, buses, subways, ships, ferries, taxis and ride-shares must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while getting on such vehicles, during the ride and while getting off.

Additionally, people must wear masks on the premises of transportation hubs such as airports, train and subway stations, bus and ferry terminals, seaports and ports of entry. Masks must stay on while people await, board, travel and disembark public transportation.

Biden’s executive order issued Jan. 21 already mandated masks on certain modes of public transportation such as commercial aircraft, trains and ferries. The president also mandated masks on federal property.

The order prompts drivers, conductors and crew members to only transport people who are wearing masks.

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