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Friday, September 25 Local

Metro-North riders: Wear a face mask or face $50 fine

Starting Monday, people who do not wear a mask on the MTA’s public transportation system face a $50 fine.

The fine applies to anyone without mask on New York City subways, buses an all Metro-North trains, including the New Haven Line.

The fine was announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

Under Cuomo's executive order, all riders are required to wear a mask while riding public transit as a way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“No rider has the right to endanger fellow riders by putting themselves above the law & refusing to wear a mask,” Cuomo tweeted.

“The vast majority of people are complying & I thank them. For the handful who refuse, there will be a new $50 fine.”

MTA surveys show more than 90 percent of customers are using masks on subways, buses, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. The $50 fine is the latest measure to drive mask compliance even higher.

Cuomo said. “I have asked the MTA to come up with an enforcement regimen so people know that not only are the cars clean and the stations clean, but the riders will be acting appropriately. 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."

"Health experts agree that wearing a mask is the single best thing we can do to limit the spread of Covid-19," said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. "The $50 fine gives us another tool to help achieve our goal of universal mask usage on New York City Transit subways and buses, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad."