NEW YORK CITY — The MTA will step up enforcement of its mask mandate throughout the transit system, officials said Wednesday.
Beginning Thursday, anyone who does not comply with the mask requirement could receive a $50 fine.
Wearing a mask on public transportation is a federal mandate that aims to slow the spread of COVID-19.
MTA officials said the goal of the fine is to increase compliance to levels seen in 2020, when nearly 100% of commuters wore face coverings.
In the last two weeks, the agency has also handed out over 25,000 free masks as part of its “mask blitz.”