In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, passengers and workers of public transportation systems across the country must wear masks, and offenders may face criminal punishment, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention ordered on the 29th.
According to the new regulations, when waiting for and taking public transportation means, including airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis and shared cars, in or out of the United States, masks must be worn; masks must be worn at stations, airports and ports. Not only passengers, but also bus system employees must wear masks.
The CDC of the United States has also made requirements on the types of masks and their wearing methods, which can be commercial masks or self-made masks, but they must be composed of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, which can not transmit light or have breathing valves when facing the light source; the masks must completely cover the mouth and nose.
According to the regulations, a small number of people and some circumstances can not wear masks, such as children under two years old, people who can not wear masks due to diseases, and when eating, drinking and taking medicine for a short time.
After the outbreak of COVID-19, health experts have repeatedly called for wearing masks in public places, and many Americans do not want to wear them. They do not wear masks in the United States and even become a political symbol. Joseph Biden signed a number of orders after he was sworn in as president of the United States on the 20th, including the “hundred day mask order”, which required people to wear masks and keep social distance in federal government buildings, urged local governments at all levels to take the same measures, and called on the American people to insist on wearing masks within 100 days from the 20th.
U.S. airline operators and most other public transportation departments have required passengers to wear masks, and CDC orders provide the basis for staff to force passengers to wear masks. According to the requirements of the CDC, the public transport system operators should remind and supervise passengers to wear masks. They can refuse to wear masks or ask such passengers to leave the vehicle.
Those who violate the mask order may face criminal penalties, but the CDC “strongly encourages” voluntary wearing of masks and supports civil penalties, the CDC said.
“Mask order” is scheduled to take effect on February 1, there is no specific period of validity. (Hui Xiaoshuang)