New Yorkers using public transportation will be required to wear masks starting Monday or face a fine of $50, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
Cuomo, on a conference call with reporters, announced plans to issue the executive order to increase ridership. Subway and commuter rail use in New York City has drastically decreased since the coronavirus pandemic began hammering the city in March.
“We have to be able to say that to give riders comfort to re-engage the system,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo also directed the MTA to devise an enforcement plan so riders know cars are clean and other riders are wearing masks.
MTA Chairman Pat Foye said on the call that the agency would file an emergency rule on Monday putting the fine in place.
If riders don’t have a mask, they will be given one, and if they refuse to wear a mask, they will not be allowed to ride, Cuomo said.
The rules also apply to Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road.
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