NYC’s MTA To Finally Start Fining Maskless Riders

The New York Daily News reports:

The MTA is done playing nice on its mask mandate. Transit officials on Wednesday announced a crackdown on riders who skirt a state rule that requires them to wear a mask while on transit.

The new enforcement push begins Thursday, officials said. It comes more than a year after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Sept. 10, 2020 order mandating all commuters in New York wear face masks or else face a $50 fine.

MTA surveys conducted during the first six months of 2020 found more than 80% of subway riders wore their masks over both their noses and mouths — but that figure dipped to 71% in early July and remained below 75% in early September.

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