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MTA continues to be on essential service for Memorial Day weekend

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Posted at 8:07 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 20:07:49-04

NEW YORK — The MTA will be in service for much of the holiday weekend but they do ask residents to plan alternate travel as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The trains, subways and buses will remain on their Essential Service Plan during Memorial Day weekend. This means commuter trains, subways and buses continue to be reserved for essential workers only. All passengers riding trains or buses are required to wear a mask or face covering and engage in appropriate social distancing.

In addition, members of the MTA's police force will be at locations throughout the system, especially near Long Island and Hudson Valley beaches, to address possible crowding issues. The MTA will flex service if necessary.

“We understand people have been cooped up and are going to want to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, but essential service remains for essential workers and those making essential trips only. It is not for recreational travel to beaches,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye, who himself tested positive for COVID-19. “We ask that New Yorkers plan weekend activities that conform with social distancing practices put forward by State and local authorities, and importantly, all customers are required to wear a mask.”

The MTA continues to close the subway system from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every morning for deep cleaming.