It\u2019s not often you hear a transit authority encouraging people not to travel during the holidays. But then again, 2020 is not a normal year with the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority urged customers to adhere to advice from public health experts to avoid Thanksgiving and holiday travel to best keep themselves, their families and others healthy and safe. \u201cWith COVID-19 cases dramatically increasing around the country, we are encouraging the public to restrict travel this Thanksgiving during this once-in-a-hundred-year public health crisis,\u201d Patrick J. Foye, chairman and CEO of the MTA, said in a release. \u201cWe are also reminding those who must travel about the urgent necessity of wearing masks while riding on public transportation. It's not only the right thing to do, but it's also the law.\u201d The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing to recommend the use of face masks in public, and is providing this guidance to Americans: \u201cTravel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.\u201d The MTA has found that more than 95 percent of customers on New York City Transit, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are wearing masks. On Tuesday, the MTA began playing audio announcements from agency executives thanking riders for wearing masks along with a written note to motorists who have opted in for messages from MTA bridges and tunnels. On Wednesday, Metro-North will offer regular weekday service on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines. There will be no early getaway trains this year. Off-peak fares are in effect all day. On Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North Railroad will operate on a weekend schedule. And on Friday, Metro-North's Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines will operate on a weekend schedule.