New York State to Require Masks on Public Transit

By Kurt Stolz on 16 April 2020
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A New York City subway car

Officials in New York State announced that face masks would be required in many places starting Friday evening.

Face coverings of some kind have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the transmission of the virus, which can spread through aerosols generated when someone with the novel coronavirus coughs or sneezes. Many people who are infected are asymptomatic and may not be aware of their status.

The requirement calls for people to wear a facial covering in public when it is not possible to maintain 6’ (2 m) of social distancing.  It applies to anywhere in public including sidewalks, grocery stores, public transit including buses and subway trains, as well as cars from ride-hailing services.

Officials in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Washington have already promulgated similar requirements for people to cover their faces in public.

The executive order in New York said that people can wear a variety of face coverings including bandannas, scarves, and masks to comply.

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