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Amtrak Requires Facial Coverings as Added Measure of Protection

(This release is an updated version of the original, as it now contains the new Amtrak face covering policy.)

WASHINGTON – As part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to protect customers and front-line employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning on May 11 Amtrak is requiring that all customers in stations, on trains and thruway buses wear facial coverings.

“The safety of Amtrak’s customers and employees is our top priority and requiring a facial covering is one more way we can protect everyone,” Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn said. “Amtrak continues to operate as an essential service for those who must travel during this public health crisis. Our services will be even more critical as our nation recovers.”

This new policy will require customers wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth while in stations, on trains and thruway buses. Facial coverings can be removed when customers are in their private rooms. Small children who are not able to maintain a facial covering are exempt from this requirement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of simple cloth facial coverings or masks to slow the spread of the virus and prevent transmission. Customers must supply their own facial covering. Customers can go to CDC.gov [1] for detailed instructions on how to make their own facial covering.

Amtrak continues to take extra steps to sanitize stations and trains. Additional measures include the following:

Amtrak continues to evaluate current practices and pilot new opportunities to support personal safety.

Visit Amtrak.com [3] for more information about how Amtrak is maintaining a safe environment.