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Europe to Drop Face Mask Requirements for Air Travel

It will no longer be mandatory to wear face masks in airports or on flights in Europe, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) announced today.

From 16 May it will be up to individual airlines and governments to decide autonomously regarding their own policies and rules.

”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.” said EASA Director Patrick KY.

It was noted that mask wearing is still the best way to avoid contracting Covid-19 and that vulnerable travellers or those with any symptoms of a cold should continue to do so.

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
As a freelance writer and editor, Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also have a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.


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