Ryanair has announced that face masks will still be mandatory on flights to 15 EU countries when the general face mask rule is dropped from next Monday.
Many popular vacation spots will be affected as the countries that will still be affected are Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Malta.
Ireland’s biggest airline said it was acting in accordance with new advice from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
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The end of the face mask rule was jointly announced by the agencies on Wednesday morning.
But the advice came with the caveat that while a country still has mandatory face mask rules for public transport, the airline should also take precautions.
Countries that still have some form of mandatory face mask laws include Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson hopes and expects the popular tourist countries above to change their own face mask rules on public transport by next Monday’s deadline.
Mr Wilson said: “We welcome this relaxation of EASA and ECDC rules effective next Monday 16 May.
“From this date, face masks will be optional on all Ryanair flights, with the exception of flights to/from the 15 EU states where masks remain mandatory on public transport.
“We expect these states to relax their rules on face masks over the next few days in accordance with these new health guidelines from EASA and ECDC.
“Potential passengers can view the latest EU face mask regulations on the Re-Open EU website.”
Vacationers flying to many destinations will no longer have to wear masks from next week.
The news came suddenly from European authorities on Wednesday morning after travel safety authorities agreed the mask rule on planes could go from May 16.
The DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) told the Mirror last night that it will remain vigilant about Covid risks despite the further relaxation of rules.
“DAA, as the company that manages and operates Dublin and Cork airports, will continue to implement measures that reflect Irish national guidance on COVID-19 as well as best practice in the European aviation sector. , as indicated in the recent directives drawn up by the European Council. the Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) as we have done since the very beginning of the global pandemic in 2020.”
The move will see one of the last Europe-wide Covid restrictions lifted as the virus continues to decline in Ireland and our neighboring European countries.
And it arrives just in time for families preparing to take off for their sunny summer vacations in the weeks ahead.
The flight experience was made more stressful and uncomfortable with the need to wear masks, especially for parents who had to mask children.
The new recommendations have been issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The agencies announced the move after taking into consideration the latest situation with Covid-19 in the EU, including high vaccination rates and the massive easing of restrictions across Europe already.
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