Face coverings will still be compulsory on aircraft after July 19, UK airlines have warned, despite the fact that there will be no legal requirement to enforce them.
Businesses may set their own rules on masks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson decreed yesterday – leading British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair to confirm that they will retain their current regulations.
A spokesperson from EasyJet confirmed: “At present there are no changes to easyJet’s onboard mask policy and we will continue to keep this under review.
“We continue to be guided by our inhouse medical adviser and a number of key industry governing bodies that airlines follow including the WHO (World Health Organization), Icao (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Easa (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) […] and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged.”
Unite, the dominant union within civil aviation, claimed it would be “gross negligence” to end the legal requirement for face coverings on July 19. The current regulations “provide reassurance” to those working on and using public transport, it said.
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