UK 'given up on face masks on transport' says bus driver
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed face mask rules will be relaxed on Monday, July 19, however, has encouraged people to continue to wear them “in crowded and enclosed spaces”. The Government is also allowing travel operators and transport hubs to make their own rules surrounding the use of face masks.
Already, airports including Heathrow and Gatwick have confirmed the use of face masks will remain mandatory inside buildings for passengers and crew.
What will the rules be for those travelling with Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and British Airways from July 19?
Jet2 will continue to require customers to wear face masks following July 19.
A spokesperson for the airline told Express.co.uk: “The health and safety of our customers and colleagues will always be our number one priority.
“We will continue to follow the current CAA guidelines and regulations.”
According to Jet2’s website: “You can’t board any of our flights unless you’re wearing a face mask.
“While travelling, you can only take off your mask when we ask to ID you at the boarding gate and to eat and drink.
“But remember, you must put it straight back on when you’ve finished.”
The Leeds-based carrier says facemasks must be worn in the airport, on flights and transfers, and possibly in various parts of holiday accommodation and resorts.
Passengers who are exempt from wearing a face mask must let the airline know in advance of their flight.
“We’ll ask you for specific medical evidence to confirm this, as we don’t accept downloaded exemption cards or lanyards as proof of exemption,” it explains.
easyJet is set to continue its current face mask rules following July 19.
In a statement following the announcement, the orange-tipped carrier said: “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 in-house 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 public health authorities across Europe, and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged.”
According to the easyJet website: “Face masks must be worn at the airport, at the gate when boarding the aircraft, and throughout the flight.
“Passengers not wearing a mask will not be able to board the aircraft.”
Children over the age of six will also be required to wear a mask.
Cabin crew will also wear face masks.
“If you have an exemption from wearing a mask, you must bring a signed doctor’s letter or medical certificate (printed or digital format) with you to the airport when you travel with us, that clearly states that you’re exempt from wearing a face mask,” adds easyJet.
“This must have your name on it, the details of the medical practice and also, be dated within the last 12 months.
“We do not accept downloadable exemption certificates or lanyards.”
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TUI will continue to make face masks mandatory for passengers and crew.
An airline spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Face masks will still be a condition of carriage on TUI Airways post July 19.”
According to the TUI website: “Everyone over six years old needs to wear a face mask on our flights, including while sleeping, unless you’re exempt due to a medical condition.
“You’ll need to wear a mask even if you’ve had your two vaccinations.
“Your face mask must cover your nose, mouth and chin – you can wear a face shield, but you’ll need to wear a face mask, too.”
Passengers are required to change their face mask every four hours.
It adds: “If you can’t wear a mask for health reasons, you can download a government exemption card, or you may wish to wear a face shield instead.”
Ryanair says it will continue to enforce face mask rules after July 19.
A Ryanair spokesperson: “In line with EASA/ECDC guidelines and in order to protect the health of our customers and crew, the use of face masks will still be mandatory across all Ryanair flights, regardless of the departing/destination country”.
According to the Irish carrier’s website: “You must wear a face mask or covering in the airport and onboard your flight.
“Keep your face mask on at all times. Our crew will also be wearing face masks.”
Passengers who are exempt from wearing a mask must bring a doctor’s letter or medical certificate clearly stating they are exempt.
British Airways continues to ask customers to wear a face mask or covering following July 19.
The airline states: “We require you to wear your face mask at all times, as a guide one mask lasts four hours so please bring enough for your journey.”
British Airways also reminds customers they must wear a face mask “at all times in the airport.”
Express.co.uk has contacted British Airways for further comment on their face mask policy from July 19.
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