CDC Recommends Masks for Train, Transit Travel

Passengers and crew members aboard passenger trains and public transit vehicles should wear masks the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.

The interim guidance directive said the recommendation is designed to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The recommendation applies to those waiting for trains or working at stations as well as while traveling aboard trains for the duration of travel. 

CDC recommended that operators refuse boarding to anyone not wearing a mask.

In a statement, the CDC said it issued the directive because of how interconnected most transportation systems are across the nation and the world.

Therefore local transmission can grow quickly into interstate and international transmission when infected people travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, CDC officials said.

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