A Federal order takes effect from Tuesday and must be complied with when boarding, disembarking and during the duration of journeys in airplanes, buses, trains, metro, boats and vehicles for the transport of individual and paid passengers.
“Given the interconnection of most transportation systems in our nation and with the world, when infected people travel in public vehicles without wearing a mask and with others who do not, the risk of interstate and international transmission can grow rapidly,” said CDC director Rochelle P. Walensky.
Until now, airlines have required masks from passengers on their own initiative, and several states have taken similar initiatives, but there was no federal mandate that would enact their application across American territory.
As of January 26, the United States began requiring all international travelers arriving by air to carry out a SARS-CoV-2 virus test with a negative result up to 72 hours before travel.
Since taking office as President of the United States on January 20, Joe Biden has moved forward with strengthening public health control measures to contain the spread of the pandemic. The United States is the country in the world most affected by covid-19, with more than 26.5 million cases and about 438 thousand deaths.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,206,873 deaths resulting from more than 102 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
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