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CDC makes mask-wearing on public transport compulsory in the US

The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has made mask-wearing compulsory on public transport and at transportation hubs.

Following an executive order from US President Joe Biden on promoting COVID-19 safety in domestic and international travel, those travelling into, within or out of the US (for example, on aeroplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) will be required to wear a face mask.

The mask requirement also applies to travellers in US transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation.

According to the order, transportation operators must require all persons on board to wear masks when boarding, disembarking and for the duration of travel, while operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.

The action aims to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and to further support state and local health authorities, transportation partners and conveyance operators to keep passengers, employees and communities safe.

“America’s transportation systems are essential,” CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said.

“Given how interconnected most transportation systems are across our nation and the world when infected persons travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, the risk of interstate and international transmission can grow quickly.

“CDC recommends that non-essential travel be avoided; however, for those who must travel, additional measures are being put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely and consistently used by all people in public settings.”


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