MTA Says Riders Without Masks Will Be Booted, Publicly Shamed

Health officials ordered coronavirus patients to nursing homes despite empty bed Unmasked straphangers may be kicked out of the subway system by cops — or face public humiliation from fellow commuters, an MTA bigwig said Thursday.

“When they get on a subway car or when they get on a bus, all of their fellow passengers see them, and people start taking photos, and people start looking at them, and you quickly feel pretty shamed,” Interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg said during an interview with WNYC host Brian Lehrer. “My message is don’t let that happen to you.”

A recent MTA survey found nearly one in 10 straphangers in violation of the transit system’s mask requirement. But the MTA has insisted enforcement of its mask requirement should not include arrests or fines.