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CDC recommends masks on planes, trains, buses

FILE- In this June 24, 2020, file photo, a man, wearing a protective face mask, rushes to catch his bus at Dudley Station in Nubian Square in Boston. Face coverings are required on all buses, subways, trains and trolleys in Boston due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. Photo: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File. FILE- In this June 24, 2020, file photo, a man, wearing a protective face mask, rushes to catch his bus at Dudley Station in Nubian Square in Boston. Face coverings are required on all buses, subways, trains and trolleys in Boston due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The CDC is strongly recommending that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it's still stopping short of requiring face coverings to prevent spreading COVID-19. The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles.

Associated Press
Updated: October 20, 2020 02:40 PM
Created: October 20, 2020 02:39 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly recommending passengers on planes, trains and buses wear masks, but it’s stopping short of requiring it.

The CDC says the coronavirus is still being transmitted in the U.S. and internationally through travel. Those travelers are often in close contact with others, sometimes for several hours. Masks are necessary because travelers may be unable to stay 6 feet apart on planes and buses, CDC says.

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It says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles.

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That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations. All leading U.S. airlines require passengers other than small children to wear masks during flights, but enforcement can be spotty. The Federal Aviation Administration has declined to require masks.

The CDC says it was offering the new recommendations to support state and local health officials and transportation operators who have imposed their own mask rules.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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