EU lifts mandatory face masks on planes and airports

The mask requirement affected passengers across Europe for more than two years

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Petr Jemelka, Novinky, Czech News Agency
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency said Wednesday that from next week onward it is no longer recommending the use of medical masks at airports and on planes due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

From May 16, the European Union will stop requiring people at airports and planes to wear mouth and nose protection due to Covid-19, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control have agreed.

Passengers, however, are still expected to behave responsibly and to respect the decisions of others around them, EASA Chief Patrick Ky reiterated on Wednesday.

“A passenger who coughs and blows his nose should seriously consider using mouth and nose protection to keep people sitting nearby calm,” he added.

EASA also pointed out that after May 16, flights to and from destinations where masks are still mandatory may require them.

The restrictions have been ongoing for more than two years

Mandatory masking was introduced for all passengers and airports in the European Union as one of the measures against the spread of Covid-19, and was in place for the last two years.

The waiving of the obligation to use a mask or respirator became possible thanks to the favorable epidemiological situation in the 27-nation bloc, with the coronavirus epidemic on the decline in all countries.

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