Amtrak is now requiring all riders in stations, on trains, and on thruway buses wear facial coverings beginning Monday.
Amtrak’s new policy will require customers wear a facial covering or mask over their nose and mouth while in stations, on trains and thruway buses.
“The safety of Amtrak’s customers and employees is our top priority and requiring a facial covering is one more way we can protect everyone,” Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn said Thursday. “Amtrak continues to operate as an essential service for those who must travel during this public health crisis. Our services will be even more critical as our nation recovers.”
Officials said the facial coverings, which must be supplied by the rider and exempt on children under 2, can be removed when they are eating in designated areas, in their private rooms, or seated alone or with a travel companion in their own pair of seats.
Amtrak has instituted other measures to combat COVID-19 including reducing coach and business class sales to 50% capacity, cashless payments in stations and on trains, and signs and barriers to promote social distancing in high traffic areas.