CDC: ‘Wear Masks on Public Transportation’ Including Planes and Trains

By Kurt Stolz on 21 October 2020
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Southwest Airlines employees, wearing masks, at LaGuardia Airport

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States issued a “strong recommendation” that all passengers and employees on all forms of public transportation should wear face masks in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“Wear face masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs,“ the CDC said in a statement.

The recommendation covers airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-share vehicles.

“Traveling on public transportation conveyances increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading Covd-19 by bringing persons in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces,” the CDC said.

All airlines in the United States and many across the globe require passengers as well as crew members to wear face masks.  Most U.S. carriers have policies that include consequences for passengers who refuse to don a mask, including offloading the passenger and banning the passenger from future travel.

Amtrak and most public transit systems in the United States also require that passengers and workers don masks.

The CDC that all transport and transit operators should ensure that passengers and employees wear masks “for the duration of travel” and should notify passengers in advance of the requirement.

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