N.Y. subway, bus riders refusing to wear masks to face $50 fine

FILE0 In this March 12, 2020 file photo, a commuter wears a mask while riding the subway in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Commuters who refuse to wear a mask on New York City subways, trains and buses could face a $50 fine starting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

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UPDATED 7:50 AM PT – Friday, September 11, 2020

Subway and bus riders in New York could now face a fine if they are seen not wearing a mask.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) can begin issuing $50 fines to riders who refuse to comply starting Monday, September 14.

According to a survey by the MTA, 15-percent of passengers in August were improperly wearing their face coverings or not wearing any at all. The enforcement plan comes as a way to ensure riders feel safe.

“I’ve asked the MTA to come up with an enforcement regiment so people know that not only the cars clean and the stations clean, but the riders will be acting appropriately,” Cuomo stated.

MTA officials reiterated the fines are meant to target the small population of passengers who refuse to wear a mask.

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