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Amtrak to require facial coverings for all customers

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Posted at 3:56 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 15:56:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- All Amtrak customers will be required to wear facial coverings when in stations and on trains and buses beginning on May 11.

The policy requires customers to wear coverings that cover their nose and mouth, which can only be removed when customers are eating in designated areas, in their private rooms, or seated alone or with a travel companion in their own pair of seats.

Small children who are not able to maintain a facial covering are exempt from this requirement.

“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. “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.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of simple cloth facial coverings or masks to slow the spread of the virus and prevent transmission. Customers must supply their own facial covering. Customers can go to CDC.gov[cdc.gov] for detailed instructions on how to make their own facial covering.