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CDC Mandates Public Transportation Masks and Extends Eviction Moratorium to Sluggish Down COVID-19

February 01, 2021

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To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has mandated the wearing of face masks on all types of public transport and extended an eviction moratorium to prevent homelessness and unnecessary coexistence.

The CDC said that all travelers must wear masks on planes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ridesharing. The mask requirement also applies to transportation hubs, including airports and seaports, as well as train, bus and subway stations, the agency said.

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The CDC will require travelers to wear masks on all types of public transit and on public transit, including airports.
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Masks are required for boarding, travel time and disembarking.

“America’s transportation systems are essential,” said CDC director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH said in a press release. “Given that most transport systems in our country and around the world are interconnected, the risk of interstate and international transmission can rapidly increase when infected people travel on public transport without a mask and with others without a mask.”

According to the press release, the order will take effect on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Rochelle P. Walensky

“CDC recommends avoiding unnecessary travel. However, for those who need to travel, additional measures are being taken to prevent the virus from spreading, ”Walensky said. “Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 if they are widely and consistently used by all people in public settings.”

In an additional attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, Walensky signed an extension to the eviction moratorium ordinance stating that evictions of tenants “could affect public health control measures” and stopped all evictions of residential buildings.

According to the CDC, the extension will carry the order, which should expire January 31 through March 31.

“Keeping people in and out of their homes – such as shelters – is an important step in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said.

References:

CDC. CDC requires face masks to be worn in public transport and at transport hubs. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0130-requires-face-masks.html. Accessed February 1, 2021.

CDC. Temporary suspension of evictions from residential buildings to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html. Accessed February 1, 2021.

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