Face masks no more compulsory during air travel: Aviation ministry

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced on Wednesday that it is not mandatory to use a mask during air travel. At the same time, the ministry added that passengers use them as much as possible in view of the coronavirus.

Until now, it was mandatory to wear a mask or face shield when traveling on flights.

In a statement to scheduled airlines, the ministry said the latest decision was taken in line with the government’s policy of a phased approach to dealing with COVID-19, as reported by news agency PTI.

“…from now on, the on-board announcements can only mention that, in view of the danger posed by COVID-19, all passengers should preferably use a mask/face shield,” the announcement states.

He also said that specific reference to fine/penalty need not be announced as part of in-flight announcements.

India reported 501 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, a day after the lowest since April 6, 2020, at 474, according to health ministry data.



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