The Metropolitan Transit Authority has announced a $50 fine for any rider who refuses to wear a face covering on public transit in New York City in a bid to slow transmission of coronavirus.
The fines will go into effect on Monday, and come in response to an order from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to bolster mask compliance on public transit.
'While mask compliance in the MTA system remains very high, we want to make sure that people feel comfortable coming back to public transportation,' Cuomo said in a statement on Thursday.
'We have to be able to say to the riding public that everyone will be wearing masks - and if they refuse to wear a mask they will be penalized,' he added.
The MTA says that surveys show more than 90 percent of customers are already using masks on subways, buses, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.
Free masks have been available at subway stations for some time for riders who don't have their own, yet some scofflaws continue to ride transit without the face coverings.
Masks have been mandatory on New York transit since April, but the $50 fine is the latest measure to drive mask compliance even higher.
Please share this information with your friends, family, and network, especially in the New York area, to avoid paying those fines.