It all happens tonight, travelers on airplanes and public transportation like buses and subways will be required to wear face masks starting this week to curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to USA Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a mask wearing rule late Friday that builds on an order announced Jan. 21 by President Joe Biden.

The director of CDC's division of migration and quarantine said the rule will protect Americans and provide confidence that we can once again travel safely even during this pandemic.

Personally speaking, I think this is the right thing to do. We have a world wide pandemic on our hands and it's extremely important no matter where you're coming from or going to, safety is a priority for all to follow.

Once the CDC order takes effect, it makes refusal to wear a mask a violation of federal law, enforced by the Transportation Security Administration and other federal, state and local authorities.

This new rule applies to passengers on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride shares. It says travelers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while riding and while getting on and off rides. The order extends to waiting areas such as airports, train platforms and subway stations.

I like the part where travelers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Why is it that some people don't get that? Every time I go grocery shopping, I see several people wearing masks and not covering both their nose and mouth. It drives me crazy!

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