MBTA Riders React To Nationwide Transportation Mask Mandate Extension

Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - The Biden administration has announced it will extend the nationwide mask requirement for public transit through May 3rd, as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

For MBTA riders in Massachusetts, the extension doesn't impact the rules already in place. It's a mixed bag of reaction from riders we spoke to.

"I have a family at home so I don't want to take a chance of being in public, of catching it and bringing it home," one rider told WBZ's James Rojas.

Another said he understands why people are frustrated with the extension.

"If you're wearing it everyday, all day at work, I can see how some people can get really irritated at them extending it even more," Charles said.

Here in Massachusetts, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, with the positivity rate now up to 3.42 percent. In Boston, COVID-19 cases have increased as well, with Community positivity up now to 6.2 percent. The city's data shows people between ages 20-30 have the highest case rate.

With cases on the rise, Boston's Mayor Michelle Wu has urged Boston Marathon runners and spectators to take extra precautions this year. She laid out the city's safety plan earlier this week.

"The safety of all our spectators, runners and residents is our top priority," Wu said. "I want to urge everyone attending this year's marathon and related gatherings to take precautions when it comes to public health."

When asked about bringing back a mask mandate, the mayor said, "We're not there yet."

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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