U.S. CDC issues federal transportation mask mandate effective Feb. 1

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order on Friday, January 29, requiring face masks on interstate transportation and at transit hubs, including airplanes, mass transit, taxis and trains, starting Monday, February 1.

The face mask mandate also covers ride-share vehicles and subways and makes not wearing a face mask as instructed a violation of federal law, said the CDC.

The order does not apply to private cars or commercial trucks being driven by a sole operator.

On January 21, newly inaugurated U.S. President Joseph “Joe” Biden ordered government agencies to “immediately take action” to require face masks in airports and on commercial aircraft, trains and public maritime vessels, including ferries, intercity bus services and all public transportation.

The U.S. leads the world in the number of COVID-19 cases with over 26.5 million and around 450,000 deaths from the dreaded virus.

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