Beginning Tuesday, travelers in the United States will be required to wear face masks

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in the United States, CDC is implementing provisions of President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within, or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares,” the CDC announced.

The mask requirement also applies to travelers in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and seaports; train, bus, and subway stations; and any other areas that provide transportation.  Transportation operators must require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.

This action is to further prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and to further support state and local health authorities, transportation partners, and conveyance operators to keep passengers, employees, and communities safe.

Today’s order from CDC is part of a comprehensive, science-driven, U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One component of the whole-of-government response is taking actions related to reducing virus spread through travel.  Transmission of the virus through travel has led to—and continues to lead to—interstate and international spread of the virus.

“America’s transportation systems are essential,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH.  “Given how interconnected most transportation systems are across our nation and the world, when infected persons travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, the risk of interstate and international transmission can grow quickly.”

Traveling on public transportation increases a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by bringing people in close contact with others, often for prolonged periods, and exposing them to frequently touched surfaces. Face masks help prevent people who have COVID-19, including those who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, from spreading the virus to others. Masks also help protect the wearer by reducing the chance they will breathe in respiratory droplets carrying the virus.

“CDC recommends that non-essential travel be avoided; however, for those who must travel, additional measures are being put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Walensky.  “Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely and consistently used by all people in public settings.”

This order will be effective on February 2, 2021.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Biden the cheat and evil dems big genius everyone is wearing Mask when they travel. A lot of good it does.
    They should all wear 3,4 mask that might be the trick.

  2. Did you know that the NJ State Department just fined and closed 55+ businesses in Monmouth County because they were not enforcing the “No Mask, No Entry” rules. That’s right. They just hit Freehold and Howell. If you don’t believe me just look it up. They are mobilized and on the move. And can you guess who’s next? Believe me, they are salivating just thinking of the APP and NJ.com headlines. Be advised.

  3. Nursery Rhyme:

    A tisket a tasket they told me I should mask it.
    So I put on like 3 or 4, they put me in a casket for I’m no more.

  4. Nothing new here – this is being done anyway. Question is until when – 2024, 2030????? Who knows. Btw next will be in private cars, with tickets handed out to line the pockets in Trenton just like for seatbelts.

  5. To the writer of Beware: I checked and it doesn’t say what you say. It says: “5 Monmouth Businesses Cited for Covid-19 Violations of 55 inspections on Thursday”

    The difference what you wrote and what really happened is that it seems that we are not having crazy heads running around closing businesses. You are 100% correct that we should keep the rules but quote it the way it is. Don’t cause panic.

  6. You are correct. It was 5 cited out of 55 inspections. Thank you. Signed Beware. Remember, this is ongoing so expect the numbers to increase, These were statistics for 1/29. They’ll be back at work tomorrow.

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