This is one of the last places in France where it is mandatory to wear a face mask: public transport. If the authorities have provisionally decided not to relax health measures to combat Covid-19 in this sector, it will not be the case for other countries. As detailed Le Figarothe United Kingdom andIceland have therefore decided to lift all restrictions for two years.
So in the process, some airlines have in turn decided to remove the obligation to wear a mask on their planes, but only on flights connecting countries whose health authorities allow it. For example, covering the nose and mouth will no longer be mandatory on EasyJet flights from March 27 for all domestic flights in the UK, except Scotland. Flights to Iceland, Hungarythe Norway or Gibraltar are also affected.
British companies Jet2, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and TUI Airways have also decided to lift the obligation to wear masks, while “strongly recommending” its use on board their aircraft. “Passengers, as in the rest of society, are less and less willing to comply with this obligation,” said a TUI spokesperson in the Dutch media. NH News who regrets that these measures have “recently led to an increase in on-board attacks against our crew and other passengers”.
The airlines also clarified that “passengers who wish to continue wearing the mask can of course do so,” EasyJet said in a press release, adding: “We urge European governments to support the lifting of this obligation as far as possible. coordinating as possible, to make the customers’ lives easier”.
Lifting restrictions too suddenly
These decisions come at a time when the World Health Organization on Tuesday, March 22, found the lifting of the anti-covid measures decided by several European countries, including France, too brutal. As detailed France 24, the organization regretted that they are now faced with a sharp increase in the number of cases under the influence of the BA.2 subvariant. Now, the number of coronavirus cases is rising in 18 of the 53 countries in the WHO Europe zone, the organization said.