In the U.S., using public transport, it will be necessary to wear masks, the measure affects also planes and trains, restrictions will take effect from the late evening of February 1 local time due to the situation with COVID-19, follows from the statement of the American regulator.
Before that, Reuters found out that the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walenski is preparing an order on compulsory wearing masks in various types of public transport.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order on January 29, 2021, requiring those traveling in transportation to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC said in a statement cited by the media.
It is underlined that obligatory wearing of masks will begin on February 1, 2021, at 23:59 Eastern Standard Time.
The restrictive measures will affect passengers on public transportation, particularly in trains, subways, buses, cabs, and ships, as well as on planes. At the same time, it is mandatory to wear masks when entering or leaving the U.S., as well as passengers traveling in the country.
Transportation workers (drivers, conductors, and other employees) are also required to wear masks. The regulator explained that masks must “cover the mouth and nose” when a passenger is waiting for transport, boarding, riding, or disembarking.
It is forbidden to wear a mask that does not also cover the mouth, as well as only a protective shield or special glasses, or to wear as a mask a scarf, balaclava, and similar things.
Children under two years of age and some other categories of citizens may not wear masks. Moreover, masks should not be worn, in particular, during meals.
Also, masks will be worn by “vehicle operators,” including at “transportation hubs”: airports, bus terminals, port terminals, subway, and train stations.
New U.S. President Joe Biden was among the first to sign an executive order to return the U.S. to the World Health Organization, as well as an executive order calling for masks to be worn everywhere for 100 days. The U.S. leader directed that masks and social distancing be required in federal buildings and on federal property, and ordered federal employees to wear them. Everyone else was merely urged by Biden to do so. In many cases, the issue of mask-wearing is decided by local authorities at the county and state level.
According to Hopkins University, there have been more than 25.9 million cases of coronavirus in the United States, with nearly 436,800 deaths.