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Mandatory face masks for flights dropped by EU authorities

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Face masks will no longer have to be worn at airports and on flights in the EU from May 16, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Prevention and disease control (ECDC).

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory on air travel in any case, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport. “said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky.

In a statement, the organizations said they were “removing the recommendation for the mandatory wearing of medical masks at airports and on board flight, while noting that a face mask remains one of the best protections against transmission. of Covid-19”.

They said this “takes into account the latest developments in the pandemic, in particular the levels of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity, and the accompanying lifting of restrictions in an increasing number of European countries”.

ECDC director Andrea Ammon said that while the wearing of masks would not be mandatory “it is important to keep in mind that with physical distancing and good hand hygiene, it is the ‘one of the best methods to reduce transmission’.

Mask-wearing rules are expected to vary after the mandatory requirement is lifted, with airlines urged to encourage passengers to use masks on flights to or from destinations where mask-wearing in transport public is still required, the agencies said.

A number of US airlines said they would no longer require masks in April, after a federal judge in Florida ruled the US administration’s mask mandate on public transportation was illegal. –Reuters

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