NYC’s MTA Asks Bus Riders To Cover Nose And Mouth

The New York Post reports:

The MTA and its largest union want bus riders to shield their mouths and noses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has ravaged the agency’s workforce and led to severe service reductions and dangerous crowding. Bus riders should “cover their noses and mouths with bandanas or scarfs… if they do not have masks,” Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said Thursday.

MTA Chairman Pat Foye echoes the sentiment in his own statement an hour later — after weeks of insisting the CDC did not recommend face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The surge in sick calls forced the MTA to run skeletal service, which has led to crowds that make it impossible to maintain the six feet of social distancing recommended by health experts.