Sat. May 8th, 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order requiring people to wear masks while using public transportation in the US.

The order applies to passengers and workers on public conveyances, such as airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxies and ride shares.

“People must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances,” the CDC order, issued late Friday, said. “People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States.”

The federal agency issued the order based on President Joe Biden’s executive action requiring mask-wearing on certain modes of transportation. The executive order issued last week also required compliance with recommended self-quarantine after entering the United States.

“We are prepared to make sure that we use all relevant authorities to enforce the president’s executive order to ensure that across every mode of transportation workers, passengers, commuters are protected,” Transportation Secretary nominee Peter Buttigieg said at this confirmation hearing last week at the US Senate. SOVEREIGNPH

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