NEW YORK, NY - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has announced that people utilizing its mass transit hubs will face a fine for not wearing a facemask.
"Anyone using Port Authority facilities – including airport terminals, PATH stations and trains, AirTrain stations and trains, and bus terminals – must wear face coverings to help protect fellow passengers and employees from the spread of COVID-19," reads a statement by PANYNJ. "Travelers who fail to wear a mask or face covering could be liable to a $50 fine starting Monday, November 2."
The news comes amid ongoing efforts to curb what many see as another wave of COVID infections—not just in Metro NY but worldwide. The agency maintains that it has changed the operating, security and maintenance protocols, while implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures systemwide.
Declines in ridership and revenue are some of the many problems the regional transportation authority has been facing throughout the pandemic and resulting lockdown. Nevertheless, according to the alert, "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey follows the health and safety protocols for the novel coronavirus established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, and the New Jersey Department of Health."
The Port Authority says it will continue to monitor and update its procedures as needed.