An order from the Center for Diseases Control goes into effect at 11:50 P.M. Eastern on Monday. In an 11-page mandate, masks must be worn on public transportation; “requiring masks on our transportation systems will protect Americans and provide confidence that we can once again travel safely even during this pandemic.”
Issuing the order, the CDC says, “requiring masks will help us control this pandemic and aid in reopening America’s economy.” On Friday, the CDC also announced its extension on the federal moratorium on evictions through the end of March. Initially, the moratorium expired on Sunday, but President Biden called for its extension as one of his first moves in the oval office.
“Travelers will be required to don a face mask on all airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares” reports National Review. Additionally, masks are to be worn for any waiting, boarding, traveling, and disembarking at airports, terminals, stations or seaports. The order applies to “all passengers on public conveyances” traveling to or within the United States.
The order from the CDC is the result of “growing concerns” after coronavirus mutations have begun showing up globally, such as in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa. The United States has reported nearly 26 million coronavirus cases and over 437,000 deaths amongst those infected.