Pack a face mask the next time you get ready to take a trip by train. 

At a time when social distancing and being safe is at the forefront of everyone's minds, travel can be a bit of a challenge. If your next trip is booked on Amtrak, here are some new policies you should be aware of before boarding.

Amtrak is requiring cloth or disposable face coverings for all passengers, starting on May 11, as they tighten up their COVID-19 response. Masks need to be worn both on the train and in train stations, even while waiting outdoors on platforms.

Anyone who is unable to wear a mask due to a medical restriction, or children who are unable to consistently keep a mask on are exempt from this new regulation. Onboard, you can remove your mask to eat or drink, or in the privacy of a roomette if you've booked one.

Amtrak staff and employees will be wearing masks, too—from the ticket booth to the service line. The new regulation will apply to every aspect of travel along the Amtrak railways, for the foreseeable future.

In addition to enhanced cleaning measures, you may also notice more closed stations due to decreases in service. Keep an eye out for updates as more states start to open up and routes start to trickle back.

Amtrak, train

For more information about the COVID-19 regulations and processes set in place by Amtrak, visit their official website.

*The photos in this article are courtesy of Amtrak on Facebook.

How do you feel about this new face mask rule on Amtrak trains? Does it make you feel safer, or do you think it's a bit excessive? Sound off in the comments!