In stations and on Thruway trains and buses from May 11, Amtrak to require passengers wear masks
The decision follows many American airlines and airports also requiring their passengers to wear face covers to limit the potential spread of the virus.
However, Amtrak has offered a few additional exceptions: masks can be removed when customers eat in designated areas, in their private rooms or sitting alone or with a traveling companion in their own pair of seats. Young children are also exempt from the obligation.
Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn said “The safety of Amtrak customers and employees is our top priority and requiring face coverage is another way to protect everyone,” . “Amtrak continues to function as an essential service for those who must travel during this public health crisis. Our services will be even more essential as our nation recovers. “
Amtrak also took additional measures to ensure the safety of passengers and employees.
These measures include reducing sales in Coach and Business classes to a capacity of 50%, accepting only cashless payments, incorporating clear protective barriers in staffed stations and offering catering services.