US Orders Face Mask Usage When Traveling
Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces, said the U.S. CDC on January 29, 2021.
In response to this risk, the CDC issued an Order that requires face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation (which includes all passengers and all personnel operating conveyances).
People must wear masks that completely cover both the mouth and nose while awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories.
Travelers must also wear masks while at transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation in the United States and U.S. territories.
Public transportation operators must use their best efforts to ensure that any person on the conveyance wears a mask when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel.
The CDC stated 'scientific evidence shows that consistent and universal use of masks on public transportation systems and transportation hubs will protect Americans and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Mask use will enable Americans to travel responsibly and as safely as possible when they need to travel during the pandemic.'
Previously, on January 26th, the CDC began requiring all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within three calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.