Ryanair will impose the use of face masks ‘regardless’ as Government issues new guidance

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the use of face masks will no longer be mandatory after July 19 and they will remain a personal choice. However, Ryanair has said passengers will still be required to wear face masks on the plane.

The Prime Minister has announced his plans for easing COVID-19 restrictions in the UK after July 19, dubbed Freedom Day.

Some restrictive measures, including social distancing or the use of face covering, will now come to an end.

Boris Johnson said the time has come for “common sense and personal responsibility”.

He explained people will now be allowed to make their own decisions about what is safe, instead of being determined by laws.

Therefore, the legal obligation to wear a face covering will go and instead, guidance will be issued on when people are advised to wear them. 

However, airlines like Ryanair have said they will not stick to Government’s guidance this time.

Ryanair will still require passengers to wear face masks on flights regardless of the new rules.

The airline said: “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.”

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Ryanair saw a major surge in passenger numbers this month.

The airline carried 5.3 million passengers on 38,000 flights in June.

The same month last year, the carrier flew only 400,000 passengers.

EasyJet has also said that it has no plans to drop the face mask requirement.

“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 inhouse medical adviser and a number of key industry governing bodies that airlines follow including the WHO, Icao, Easa, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and public health authorities across Europe, and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged,” easyJet explained.

Social distance onboard a plane is not ensured as an empty seat is not kept between passengers.

Some train operators have also said to “support” travellers who continue wearing face masks after July 19.

Industry body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said: “Wearing a mask helps protect others.

“Trains should be treated consistently with other indoor settings when it comes to the removal or ongoing use of restrictions.”

Many operators are expected to make face masks a condition after rules on public transport ease this month.

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