The ‘CDC reserves the right to enforce [the order] through criminal penalties.’ The CDC’s authority in this case comes from a 1944 law.
ATLANTA, Georgia, February 2, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – It is now a federal crime in the U.S. to use public transportation without wearing a face mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement on Friday which revealed broad federal regulations regarding the use of face masks on public transport, requiring “face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation (which includes all passengers and all personnel operating conveyances).”
“People must wear masks that completely cover both the mouth and nose while awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares [like Uber],” the CDC announced, laying out the extensive new measures.
The measures even extend to “transportation hubs (e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, seaports) and other locations where people board public transportation.”
The CDC has the authority to declare being maskless on public transportation a federal crime thanks to a 1944 law, the Public Health Service Act. It states: “The Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary, is authorized to make and enforce such regulations as in his judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the States or possessions, or from one State or possession into any other State or possession.”