New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he would sign an executive order requiring everyone in the state to wear a mask or a mouth and nose cover when he is unable to stand. distance and when taking public transport. This is part of the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
MTA Security Director Patrick Warren said, “This decree is a continuation of our efforts, leading the country, to keep our customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing a face cover is essential to protect public health and could ultimately save lives. “
The MTA said it was hammering this out with its “Keep Them Covered” campaign. It will use digital signage on more than 7,000 screens in the New York subway, on buses and on the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad. Over 7,000 printed signs will also be used in buses and paratransit vehicles.
The bright yellow signs feature easy-to-follow flowcharts that always end with a covered mouth and nose. There is also an illustrated passenger wearing a mask and a helping hand.
New York has recorded more than 225,000 Covid-19 cases and nearly 12,000 deaths reported on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks cases worldwide. Sixty-eight MTA employees have died from the pandemic, an agency spokesperson said this week.
The MTA also reminds its customers that public transit is currently only used for essential travel and that all other New Yorkers must stay at home.