Bank holiday warning for Spain as strict Covid rule remains in place for Brits

WHILE most Covid rules have been scrapped across Spain, there is still one that holidaymakers may not realise.

Brits catching holiday planes to and from Spain will likely still need to wear face masks.


Brits must continue to wear face masks on flights to Spain[/caption]

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) announced that they have lifted the recommendation to make face masks mandatory at airports and on flights from May 16.

In response, Ryanair confirmed it was scrapping face masks on thousands of flights.

But just hours later, Spain’s Health Minister, Carolina Darias, said the government had no intention of abolishing mask requirements on public transport and planes, despite the decision by EASA and ECDC.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of an Interterritorial Health Council meeting, Carolina Dias stressed that ECDC and AESA recommendations on the use of masks both in airports and on flights “need to be aligned with the regulations on their use in means and transport centers”.

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She said the decree approved by the Spanish executive last April stipulated that the use of face masks was not mandatory at the airports themselves, but was still on public transport and flights.

She also pointed out that the aforementioned European organizations were still recommending flight operators to maintain their use, before insisting that Spain had “very recently” decided to extend the obligation to wear the mask on public transport.

She said: “All measures must have a path and therefore, as before, we must proceed with prudence and proportionality, and always with unanimity in the proposals of the experts who advise us, and in this case with the practical unanimity from the Interterritoriale Health Council.”

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said yesterday: “From next week, face masks will no longer have to be mandatory in all cases when traveling by air, largely in line with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport.”

“For passengers and flight crew, this is a major step forward in normalizing air travel.

“However, passengers should behave responsibly and respect the decisions of others around them.

“And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask to reassure those seated nearby.”

Flights to or from a destination where mask-wearing is still required on public transport should continue to encourage mask-wearing, in line with recommendations.

That includes countries like France, Portugal and Italy, which have scrapped all face masks apart from public transport, which includes flights.

Passengers are also urged to practice social distancing indoors, including at the airport, where possible.

British airlines have already scrapped face masks on board depending on destination.

Jet2 was the first to scrap face masks, followed by TUI, easyJet and British Airways depending on the flight route.


Elsewhere in Spain, face masks have been scrapped[/caption] Bank holiday warning for Spain as strict Covid rule remains in place for Brits

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