Masks on the plane, on flights from Italy the obligation remains – Chronicle

From 16 May, starting with air flights from Italy, it will be necessary to wear a mask. The new Ecdc-Aesa (European Aviation Safety Agency) guidelines provide that “if the states of departure or destination require the use of masks in public transport, aircraft operators should require passengers and crew to wear a mask over 16 / 5. In other cases, from 16/5, aeronautical and airport operators should continue to encourage “the use of masks.

In other cases, ie in States where the use of masks on means of transport is not required, as of May 16, aeronautical and airport operators, according to the new guidelines, “should continue to encourage passengers and crew members, in ” scope of their communications before the flight and during travel and through signage and announcements, to wear a mask during the flight as well as at the airport as a way to protect themselves and others and that they should respect the decision of others to wear or not wear a mask “.

In their communication, it is emphasized, operators should highlight that it is recommended that people at high risk of severe COVID-19 be in flight for their own protection. It is also recommended that people with respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) wear a mask regardless of the requirements of that particular flight. Where the obligation to wear a mask is maintained, surgical masks, as noted in the Ecdc-Aesa guidelines, “should be considered the minimum standard to be used, unless more stringent requirements are still imposed by public health authorities”.

Children aged five and younger and people who cannot wear a face mask due to medical reasons, the document reads, “should be exempt.”

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