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MTA Ramping Up Enforcement Of Masks In Subway System

An M.T.A. worker wears a protective mask while working on a subway train in New York City on Monday as coronavirus cases continue to rise, fueled by the virus' delta variant.
An M.T.A. worker wears a protective mask while working on a subway train in New York City on Monday as coronavirus cases continue to rise, fueled by the virus' delta variant.

MTA authorities are cracking down on New York City subway riders not wearing masks.

The MTA says nearly everyone complied by wearing a mask within the subway system earlier in the pandemic, but as ridership has been increasing over the months, mask compliance has decreased. MTA Chief Safety officer Pat Warren says three’s 87 percent compliance on subway trains.

“We’re going to start handing out summonses more frequently if in fact people do not comply. We fully expect people to comply going forward but we are just putting people on fair notice.”

There are free masks available in the subway system. Riders face a 50 dollar fine for not wearing one but will get a warning first.