Public transportation in many localities will still require the wearing of masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 despite a federal judge in Florida rejecting the nationwide public mask mandate that was to continue until at least March 3. may.rd.
Broome County officials say masks must always be worn on county transit buses. BC Transit riders and employees will be required to keep face coverings in place when using these vehicles.
The transit system was not operating on April 19 due to the late winter snowstorm, but most routes were back in service on April 20.
County transportation officials said New York State still requires masks on public transportation. No official word had come as of 10 a.m. on April 20, but county officials said they assumed the mask mandate would also be tracked by Binghamton University Transportation Services, as the mandate of the state was still the rule.
Some runners say they plan to continue wearing their masks around strangers as a precaution even if the requirement is lifted while others said they remain masked at least until a call is made. resolved to avoid further confusion if the lifted warrant is reinstated after court hearings.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul did not comment on the federal court’s decision.
New York City officials had issued a position on April 19 saying masks would still be required on subways and other public transportation.
On April 19, some private transportation services like UBER and Lyft immediately suspended their masking requirements following the federal court ruling.
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