Major change to Covid rule for planes EVERY Aussie traveler should know Europe hates abhorred restrictions
- Widespread easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the European Union
- Bloc is hopeful that this will lead to ‘normalization of air travel’ again
- But passengers are warned to still behave responsibly
Australians traveling in Europe this northern spring will no longer be required to wear masks at airports or on planes.
The European Union said masks will no longer be needed at European airports and on planes from Monday, amid widespread easing of Covid-19 restrictions across the continent.
However, individual EU member states can still require face masks.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said it hoped the discarding of masks would be “a major step forward in the normalization of air traffic.”
Australians traveling in Europe this northern spring will no longer be required to wear masks at airports or on planes. Pictured is a woman on an airplane wearing a mask
The move was taken after considering vaccination levels and naturally acquired immunity, as well as the lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries.
EASA Director Patrick Ky warned that passengers are still required to behave responsibly.
“A passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those sitting nearby,” he said.
The new recommendations will take effect from Monday, but the rules for masks may still vary by airline if they fly to or from destinations where the rules are different.
The German health ministry said it will continue to require all passengers over the age of six to wear medical masks on flights to, from or within the country, although they can be removed during meals.
Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said that while masking would no longer be mandatory, it was important to remember that “along with physical distancing and good hand hygiene, it is one of the best practices.” to reduce transmission’.
Airports are advised not to set distance requirements if they could lead to a bottleneck.
From Monday 16 May, wearing face masks on flights in Europe will no longer be mandatory. Depicted are people in an airplane
People are pictured on a flight, without wearing masks, as it was before the Covid-19 pandemic
Airlines welcomed the changes and called for a consistent approach to mask mandates.
“We believe that mask requirements on aircraft should end when masks are no longer required in other areas of everyday life, for example theatres, offices or on public transport,” said Willie Walsh, director general of International Air Transportation Association.
Separately, the French government has announced that from next Monday people will no longer have to wear a mask on any form of public transport.
Health Minister Olivier Veran said the decision is part of the policy to lift most restrictions as the pandemic slows in the country.
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Source: New feed