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February 01, 2021
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CDC mandates masks on public transit, extends eviction moratorium to slow COVID-19


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Disclosures: Walensky reports no relevant financial disclosures.
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To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has mandated that face masks be worn on all forms of public transportation and extended a moratorium on evictions to prevent homelessness and unnecessary congregate living.

The CDC said it will require all travelers to wear masks on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride shares. The mask requirement also applies in transportation hubs, including airports and seaports, as well as train, bus and subway stations, the agency said.

Airport mask
The CDC will mandate that travelers wears masks on all forms of public transportation, and in public transit hubs, including airports.
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Masks are required for boarding, the duration of travel, and disembarking.

“America’s transportation systems are essential,” CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, said in a press release. “Given how interconnected most transportation systems are across our nation and the world, when infected persons travel on public conveyances without wearing a mask and with others who are not wearing masks, the risk of interstate and international transmission can grow quickly.”

According to the release, the order will be effective on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Rochelle P. Walensky

“CDC recommends that nonessential travel be avoided; however, for those who must travel, additional measures are being put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus,” Walensky said. “Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely and consistently used by all people in public settings.”

In an additional effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Walensky signed an extension to the eviction moratorium order, which states that the evictions of tenants could be “detrimental to public health control measures,” and halted all residential evictions.

According to the CDC, the extension will carry the oder that was scheduled to expire on Jan. 31 through March 31.

“Keeping people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said.


CDC. CDC requires wearing of face masks while on public transportation and at transportation hubs. Accessed on Feb. 1, 2021.

CDC. Temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Accessed on Feb. 1, 2021.