Vaccinated or not, wearing masks on buses, subways and trains has been the rule for months. Now those who don’t could face a $50 fine.READ MORE: Man Stabbed In Eye During Possible Attempted Robbery In Brooklyn, NYPD Says
As CBS2’s John Dias reported Thursday, some riders still weren’t listening. He asked several straphangers why they weren’t wearing masks.
One man responded with an aggressive and obscene hand gesture. Others were camera shy, one after another ducking away.
Another man said he doesn’t need one.
“Because no matter what, the [isn’t] going to help you,” he told Dias.
He said he would rather take his chances with getting caught.
“Yeah, I’m going to risk it,” he said.
Back in 2020, MTA mask compliance was at almost 100%.READ MORE: Suspect Arrested After Carjacking Amazon Delivery Van, Leading Police On Wild Chase Through Paterson, N.J.
“It’s a public health crisis right now, and I think people should be taking some responsibility for it on the individual level,” Upper East Side resident Susmi C. said.
“They’re not thinking about how they could spread it to others. They’re being selfish,” said Precious Smith, of Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Those Dias spoke to who were complying thought the fine is a smart idea.
“Fifty dollars is a lot, and I think it will get the message across,” Upper East Side resident Roshan Vasion said.
Queens commuter Vanessa Cuesca said she hopes it’s not just a publicity stunt and the city will actually pass out fines. In recent months, the MTA has issued about 40 summonses.
“I don’t know how they’re going to enforce it. I don’t think they will,” she said.
“We know this is what our customers want,” said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Suspect Grabbed 11-Year-Old Girl's Hair, Tried To Choke Her At Stuyvesant Square Park
If you forget your mask, transit workers will be passing them out for free at certain stations.