New Yorkers can already be fined for not wearing a face covering on the subway or within six feet of others, and now that will extend to traveling hubs too.
Port Authority announced this week that travelers who fail to wear a mask or face covering will be subject to a $50 fine. The new policy kicks off this Monday, Nov. 2.
This encompasses all Port Authority facilities, which includes: airport terminals (John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and Stewart airports), PATH stations and trains, AirTrain stations and trains, and bus terminals.
“This move is part of agency’s commitment to supporting the New York and New Jersey state requirements on mask wearing in transportation facilities,” their press release stated.
Still, they did say they would “continue to put primary emphasis on voluntary compliance.” This is how most of the new rules have gone, with enforcers from the city or government organizations saying they will give the person multiple chances to put a mask on before hitting them with a fine.
You can see all of Port Authority’s COVID-19 safety measures on their website here.
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