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COVID-19: Mandatory wearing of face masks in airports and on European flights ‘no longer recommended’

The wearing of face masks in airports and on European flights is “no longer recommended”, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has said.
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The move, announced by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and ECDC, is due to come into force on 16 May.

The EASA said it hope the decision would mark “a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel”.

Both authorities have advised travellers that, despite the rule being lifted, face masks remain “one of the best protections” against COVID-19.

Vulnerable passengers have been told they should continue to wear a mask and people will be asked to observe social distancing in indoor areas.

However, airport operators have been advised not to impose any distancing measures if they are likely to lead to a bottleneck, ECDC director Andrea Ammon said.

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