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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:19 PM

Disabled New Yorkers Face Off With MTA Over Dropped Mask Mandate

https://www.thecity.nyc/2022/9/22/23367068/disabled-advocate-mask-mandate-mta-covid-transportation

The MTA announced on Sept. 7 that New Yorkers could now choose to wear a mask or not on public transit, lifting the requirement on subways, buses and Access-A-Ride vehicles after the mandate was ended by Gov. Kathy Hochul the same day.

New subway and bus signs and the MTA’s social media accounts encouraged but no longer insisted on masking, telling riders “You Do You” and reusing the images from earlier signs showing the proper way to wear a mask.

But immunocompromised New Yorkers say that messaging is confusing and a danger to their health.

At the MTA’s board meeting on Wednesday, several advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities spoke out against the lifting of the mask mandate on public transportation.

Joe Rappaport, the executive director of Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, shared the story of a woman named Lisa Smid during his comments to emphasize the importance of masking for immunocompromised and disabled transit riders.

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Reply Disabled New Yorkers Face Off With MTA Over Dropped Mask Mandate (Original post)
pstokely Thursday OP
Skittles Thursday #1
SheltieLover Thursday #2
Skittles Thursday #3
SheltieLover Thursday #4
Skittles Thursday #5
SheltieLover Thursday #7
Skittles Friday #10
SheltieLover Friday #12
Orrex Thursday #6
SheltieLover Thursday #8
Skittles Friday #11
Orrex Friday #13
Skittles Saturday #14
sheshe2 Thursday #9

Response to pstokely (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:21 PM

1. people who care will continue to mask

people who think it's only about them....not so much

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:26 PM

2. No thanks. I'll continue to wear my 3M N95s

No interest in long covid.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:27 PM

3. it disgusts me how many selfish people surround us

and they aren't all MAGAts - ugh

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:30 PM

4. I couldn't agree more!

Pretending covid is "over" doesn't make it so.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:33 PM

5. they refer to their "level of comfort"

it's actually level of selfishness....yes INDEED

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Response to Skittles (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:35 PM

7. Comfort? 😱

I prefer to avoid the "comfort" of long covid &/or a ventilator.

Wtf is srong with these people?

Dunno about you, but I cannot imagine sharing unmasked air space with others anytime soon.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 03:40 PM

10. it's pretty simple

it's all about THEM - that's how they base their decisions - other people are simply not a factor

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Response to Skittles (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 03:43 PM

12. I couldn't agree more!



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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:33 PM

6. I encountered a mask-wearing 70-something woman at a grocery store yesterday

She hadn't yet seen me, so I said "who the heck still wears a mask?"

She whirled around, clearly ready to stomp the dumbass who asked such an asinine question, when she saw that I was also masked.

Then she laughed brightly and said "can't be too safe."

I completely agree with her.


Covid aside, I haven't caught a cold since the pandemic began, and I attribute this to dedicated mask use and more careful hand washing & sanitizing. I'm in no hurry to abandon the mask.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:38 PM

8. Lol

Good for you both!

I get strange looks because I wear NIOSH certified ones with 2 straps over head.

Haven't had covid yet. 🤞

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Response to Orrex (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 03:42 PM

11. well done

I am STILL awaiting a snide comment about my mask - that person will be very sorry INDEED they tried that shit with ME.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 11:32 PM

13. After you've kicked their ass,

kick their ass again for me!

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Response to Orrex (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 24, 2022, 12:02 AM

14. heh

I would start by asking this question VERY LOUDLY - when the FUCK did what I wear BECOME YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS?!?!?!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:52 PM

9. I still wear mine.

Don't give a dayum about the looks I get.

Two days ago I got an alert on my phone saying I should sign up for COVID alerts in MA. Point, we are still considered a red zone.

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