A week after President Joe Biden’s executive order, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a mask-wearing rule on Friday.
Wearing a face mask will be required on airplanes and public transport, such as buses and subways. The order will also cover waiting areas, such as airports, train platforms, and subway stations.
The rule “will protect Americans and provide confidence that we can once again travel safely even during this pandemic,” said Dr. Marty Cetron, director of CDC’s division of migration and quarantine, who signed the order.
On Monday night, the mandate will take effect, and refusing to wear a mask is a breach of federal law.
Children under 2 years of age and people with a disability that makes it unsafe to wear a mask are exempted.
Some face coverings are not sufficient enough to comply with the regulation, the CDC said.
The don’t-travel list includes:
- face shields
- masks with exhalation valves
- masks that are too big or otherwise don’t fit properly
The CDC said transportation operators may require passengers to have a negative COVID-19 test.