Coronavirus: CDC adds guidelines for air travel, transportation
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The CDC said it recommends passengers and personnel wear masks on most modes of transportation, including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, buses, taxis and ride shares.
- “People should wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when waiting or, traveling on, or departing from public. People should also wear masks at an airport, bus or ferry terminal, train or subway station, seaport or similar area that provides transportation.”
- “People should wear masks when traveling into, within, or out of the United States on conveyances.”
The CDC said there are some exceptions to the rules, and that the following people don’t have to wear a mask:
- People under the age of 2.
- Anyone with a written instruction not to wear masks.
- People with a disability or mental health condition that could stop them from wearing a mask.
- Anyone who, if wearing a mask, might “create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.”
Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, praised the recommendations. However, she’s not happy there’s still a debate about whether people should wear masks.
- “But at the end of the day, these are still just recommendations. … To really give teeth to these requirements, there actually has to be a federal mandate,” he said.
- “The White House has made its hostility to common sense CDC guidelines, including their mask requirement, a central part of their message” he added.