During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden acknowledged that his powers to enforce a national mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus would be limited. Rulers only It has the ability to order masks.
But he has already indicated one measure he will have on hand: the requirement that all passengers using public transportation be masked.
On January 20, he signed an executive order requiring masks on all public transport, and at midnight on February 1 that rule went into effect. Anyone refusing to wear a mask on any plane, bus, subway, taxi, train, or horseback ride is now a violation of federal law.
What do the new rules say
The new rules are illustrated on file 11-page arrangement By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are some key points:
- Passengers can remove the masks when eating, drinking or taking medications.
- Children under the age of two are exempt.
- Persons with disabilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act may be exempt.
- Masks are also required in waiting areas such as airports, bus stations, and subway platforms.
- Masks should cover the nose and mouth. Face shields, scarves and bandanas cannot be considered as masks.
Threat of criminal penalties
Although airlines and most public transportation already require masks, the CDC order means it will be easier to enforce the rules because anyone who refuses to wear masks is violating federal law.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that while criminal penalties are possible, the agency does not want to rely on it, but instead “strongly encourages and expects voluntary compliance on a large scale.”
So, if you are planning to use public transportation anytime soon, don’t forget your mask!