MBTA Begins Enforcement Of Face Covering Requirement For Riders

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The MBTA has begun enforcing a requirement that all riders over the age of 5 must wear a face covering.

Anyone not wearing a face covering could be issued a fine up to $300 per violation. The requirement comes from a revised Executive Order issued earlier this week by Gov. Charlie Baker that requires everyone over the age of 5 to wear a face covering while in public places.

"Public locations include any place open to the public including, without limitation, grocery stories, pharmacies, and other retail stores; public transportation, taxis, livery, and other ride-sharing vehicles; public streets and ways; and any location that hosts indoor or outdoor events or performances," the order said. "Masks or cloth face coverings are also required when in a carpool with non-household members."

The MBTA said they will first remind customers of requirement if they are seen without a face covering, and if the riders does not immediately put one on, "the observation will be reported to the Operations Control Center, who will report and coordinate next steps with Transit Police."

The Executive Order does include an exemption for some people with certain medical conditions.

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