Forced masking continues despite EU lifting lockdown rules on flights

A host of EU nations have insisted they will continue to force plane passengers to wear masks, despite the EU scrapping its requirement across the bloc on Monday.

Although many passengers on intra-EU flights will no longer be forced to wear a mask from Monday, a host of nation-states have insisted that they will continue to force passengers to wear a mask despite the relaxation of the measure. lock.

Germany, Spain and Italy will continue to force those traveling to or from the country to wear masks on flights, even though many other countries have long since abandoned Chinese coronavirus-inspired restrictions.

According to a report from Der SpiegelThe European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency collective lifted the rules on the use of masks on Monday.

“The update of the Joint Aviation Safety and Health Protocol takes into account the latest developments in the pandemic, in particular the levels of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity, and the subsequent lifting of restrictions in a growing number of countries. Europeans”, a joint press release. on the abandonment of the measure read.

“In addition to the changes regarding masks, their recommendations include a relaxation of the stricter measures on air operations, which will help ease the burden on the industry while maintaining appropriate measures,” he continued.

However, the new guidance insists that any nation can still require passengers to wear masks on flights to and from its territory if they wish, allowing lockdown-loving Germany and Italy to continue forcing people to wear masks for the foreseeable future.

Furthermore, this remains the case even if the origin or destination of a flight does not require the use of masks, with the state with the strictest rules preceding those that have already relaxed measures.

Regarding the further relaxation of air travel lockdown measures, budget airline Ryanair published a list of 14 countries for which masks will remain mandatory on public transport.

However, it seems that this list published last week is already outdated, and France decided to drop its mandatory mask-wearing measures for all modes of public transport on Monday.

According to a report from Le MondeThe rule represented the latest of France’s major lockdown rules aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, although the country’s Health Minister, Olivier Véran, has insisted the pandemic is not over yet.

“Covid has not disappeared, but the efforts of all French people are paying off,” the Health Minister said earlier. wrote in a social media post about lifting the measure.

“We know how to behave in the face of the virus and how to protect ourselves from it,” he continued. “This is what allows us next Monday to lift new restrictions.”

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