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Mexico: Mexico City and Many Mexican States Make Wearing Masks Mandatory on Public Transit

(Apr. 17, 2020) Mexico City’s rapid transit metro, the Collective Transportation System (Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, STC) reported in a press release on April 15, 2020, that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the wearing of masks will be mandatory to travel by metro as of April 17, 2020.  The free distribution of one million mouth masks began on April 15. The masks will be available on Lines A and 9 at Pantitlán, the station with the highest user traffic in the system and where four lines converge.

The obligatory wearing of masks adds to the hygiene measures that must be followed when traveling by subway, such as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel; covering one’s mouth with one’s arm when sneezing or coughing; avoiding touching one’s face, nose, mouth, and eyes after touching metal structures like handrails; and washing one’s hands with soap and water after traveling on the metro.

Many other states in Mexico have implemented the mandatory wearing of masks in public places or on public transportation.  Among these states are Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Veracruz, Nuevo León, Yucatán, Estado de México, Puebla, Guanajuato, Chihuahua & Quintana Roo, and Morelos.