According to the APE-MPE, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recommend easing measures for the coronavirus and the mandatory use of the mask at airports and flights.
In a joint statement, the two bodies abolish the recommendation for mandatory use of the mask in these cases but point out that this remains one of the best precautions against the transmission of the coronavirus.
The new recommendation will take effect on May 16, but the announcement reminds us that the rules for the mask will continue to vary depending on the airline. For example, it is noted that on flights to or from destinations where the mask remains mandatory on public transport, its use should be encouraged.
The announcement also emphasizes that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a mask, regardless of regulations, ideally type FFP2 / N95 / KN95, which offers a higher level of protection than a simple surgical mask.
The update of the protocol considers the latest developments in the pandemic, in particular, vaccination levels and naturally acquired immunity, as well as the accompanying lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries, the two said.
“While there are still risks, we have seen that non-pharmacological interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. “While the mandatory use of a mask in all cases is no longer recommended, it is important to keep in mind that, along with physical distance and good hand hygiene, it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission,” said the head of the ECDC. Andrea Amon.
For his part, EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky stressed that a significant step towards smoothing air travel was being made. “However, passengers should behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. “A passenger who coughs and sneezes should consider wearing a face mask to reassure those sitting nearby.”