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Flights: the use of masks will no longer be mandatory in air transport

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The Government determined that the use of masks will no longer be mandatory in most public spaces, including air transport. This garment, which seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, It will not be necessary on national and international flights, in accordance with the provisions of the Ministry of Health (minsa).

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“Changes have been made to the regulation. Now the use of masks will only be mandatory in vehicles, hospitals and for anyone who has a clinical order or a respiratory process,” said the head of Health, Jorge López, this Thursday, September 22. The measure would become official the next day with the signatures of all the ministers involved.

In this way, the use of masks It will only be mandatory in four scenarios:

  • Health establishments
  • Land transport vehicles for people
  • closed spaces without ventilation
  • People with respiratory diseases, both in open and closed spaces.

Aeronautical unions welcome the measure

The main unions of the aeronautical sector welcomed the decision of the Executive. Through a statement, they stressed that this measure follows the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is in line with the provisions of other Latin American countries, as well as the United States, Canada and the European Union.

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The Government’s decision will help reactivate the tourism sector, which until September of this year had recovered to 78% with respect to pre-pandemic levels. The rule will allow to consolidate the “reactivation of the sector, promoting tourism by encouraging connectivity and thus improving the level of service offered,” they maintain in their statement.

“This constitutes an important step that will allow operators to carry out their functions in a more homogeneous way compared to other countries when checking and addressing passengers in and to Peru”, specified the airline business groups.

Aeronautical unions stressed that airlines adopted strict biosecurity procedures. Image: IATA/AETAI/APEA

They also stressed that the airlines adopted strict biosafety procedures, such as the use of Hepa filters, through which they were able to eliminate 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on aircraft. The statement is signed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Association of International Air Transport Companies (AETAI) and the Peruvian Association of Airline Companies (APEA).

Source: Larepublica

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