Covid mask rules relaxed for EU air travel

Face masks will no longer have to be worn on flights and in airports in EU countries from next Monday, according to new official guidance. The move is in line with changing anti-Covid policies on public transport across Europe, said the EU Aviation Safety Agency (Easa). Rules have been relaxed in countries including France, Italy and Bulgaria. Some US airlines did the same in April after a federal judge threw out the government’s mask mandate. “From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said. “It is a relief to all of us that we are finally reaching a stage in the pandemic where we can start to relax the health safety measures,” he added. But the new guidance came with some cautionary advice from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).(BBC)…[+]

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