New Face Mask Policy Enforced By Amtrak
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  • Celeste Smith

New Face Mask Policy Enforced By Amtrak

Updated: May 14

This week, Amtrak began to enforce its new mask policy requiring all customers in stations and on trains and thruway buses to wear a facial covering.

Amtrak’s new policy went into effect on Monday, May 11th, dictating that service will be denied to customers not wearing facial coverings.

The policy states that small children are not required to wear a mask, and that the only time customers will be allowed to remove their facial coverings is when eating in designated areas, in private rooms, or when seated alone or with a travel companion in their own pair of seats.

One traveler at Union Station in Meridian, shared his thoughts on Amtrak’s new mask requirement.

“I think it’s a great idea, I mean it makes sense. I mean, you’re around a bunch of people, you know, you’re going to be coughing and sneezing, you know whatever. I think that’s just like a common courtesy, you know what I mean?”, said Michael Webb, traveler.

Also saying that he believes the public should be understanding of new policies being implemented due to the pandemic, in order to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“You just take everything in stride, you’ve got to roll with the punches, man. I mean, this epidemics or pandemic, excuse me, is ---its incredible. I mean, no one –I’ve never had to go through something like this. The Spanish flu was the last one we had, I mean, so its pretty crazy, but as long as people stick together, I mean --we really need each other right now, so if we just stick together, I think we’ll be fine”, said Webb.

Amtrak says the company will not be providing passengers with masks and advise them to utilize the CDC’s recommended instructions on how to make one.