Authorities in Italy announced they will keep in place the mandatory COVID-19 face mask requirement for citizens on flights to and from Italy. This despite the EU ending its obligation to wear masks in airports and planes today (May 16).
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), together with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), agreed to lift the mask mandate on aeroplanes in an effort to further ease the travel process.
“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky stated.
However, authorities in Italy announced that FFP2 masks must be worn until June 15 on all long-distance public transport, such as buses, trams, regional trains, subways, ferries, planes as well as high-speed trains.
Masks still mandatory in other place
Italian authorities also announced that mandatory face mask requirements will remain effective in theatres, care homes, hospitals, indoor sporting events, schools, universities as well as concerts until June 15.
However, the Italian government previously announced residents and visitors no longer need to wear a face mask when accessing restaurants, bars, museums, or supermarkets.
Besides Italy, authorities in Spain also announced that they would continue to maintain mandatory face mask requirements on flights, despite EU recommendations.