24 Oct CDC Officially Endorses Masks On Public Transit
On Monday, Oct. 18, 2020, The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) Officially Encouraged Passengers To Wear Masks While On Public Transportation. This Guidance Comes More Than Seven Months Into The COVID-19 Pandemic, And Many States And Transportation Providers—Especially Airlines—Already Enforce Mask Requirements.
The CDC’s announcement is nowhere near a nationwide mask mandate; it is merely a “strong recommendation.” However, the CDC’s position may strengthen the efforts of transportation providers and state officials who have already been requiring masks while on public transit.
“Broad And Routine Utilization Of Masks On Our Transportation Systems Will Protect Americans And Provide Confidence That We Can Once Again Travel More Safely Even During This Pandemic.”
– The CDC
The CDC encourages everyone on public transit—staff and passengers—to wear a mask while traveling to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The organization went so far as to recommend that noncomplying passengers should be removed if they don’t put on a mask to travel.
Employers that employ transportation workers or have staff who travel frequently should be aware of this new CDC guidance. While the guidance itself is not enforceable, it does indicate transportation providers may be stricter about masks moving forward. That means anyone who must travel for work should have a suitable face covering and be prepared to wear it, else risk their seat.