The Spanish Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has said that masks be mandatory on flights and airports as part of anti-COVID measures.
This is despite The European Safety Agency and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control saying on Wednesday they feel wearing masks in airport settings is no longer required.
Both EU agencies recommended loosening the airport mask rules from next Monday.
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said.
It is a relief to all of us that we are finally reaching a stage in the pandemic where we can start to relax the health safety measures,” said “For many passengers, and also aircrew members, there is a strong desire for masks to no longer be a mandatory part of air travel. We are now at the start of that process. Passengers should continue to comply with the requirements of their airline and, where preventive measures are optional, make responsible decisions and respect the choice of other passengers. In particular, a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.
It now looks like it will take more time before Spain follows this advice.