The MBTA announced today that anybody over the age of 5 caught not wearing a mask in its stations or on its trains and buses is looking at a $300 fine starting right this second.
The T says the governor's revised mask order authorizes Transit Police to start issuing tickets, although the T says cops won't be roaming trains, buses and stations looking for uncovered noses. Instead:
Customers observed not wearing a face mask or covering will first be reminded of the Executive Order. If the unmasked customer does not immediately put on a mask or face covering following the reminder, the observation will be reported to the Operations Control Center, who will report and coordinate next steps with Transit Police.
The T adds that children under 5 are exempt, although it encourages parents to put masks on kids between 2 and 5. Also exempt, people who claim medical conditions that would make mask wearing dangerous. The T says such people will not be required to carry proof with them.
Although the T has been announcing that masks have been required since March as a way to curb Covid-19, it has never enforced the rule. Now, the T "has issued internal guidance to its employees" about the new policy.
Gov. Baker updated his Covid-19 orders on Tuesday after a 300% rise in the state's Covid-19 cases since Labor Day.