Four Scandinavian airlines scrap mask rule on regional flights

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From at present, 4 Scandinavian airways will not require passengers to put on a masks whereas flying across the area.

SAS (Scandinavian Airways), Norwegian, Wideroe and Fly are all lifting their masks mandate for flights inside and between Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Nevertheless, masks should nonetheless be worn on flights going from these international locations to international locations outdoors the area, or vice versa.

An assertion was added to SAS’s web site on Friday, saying “As a result of opening of societies and common suggestions from authorities in Scandinavia, SAS is, from 18 October 2021, eradicating the requirement for necessary use of face masks on flights inside Scandinavia.”

“We imagine the time is correct now based mostly on the an infection scenario within the nation,” SAS press supervisor John Eckhoff informed Norway’s TV2.

“The Norwegian an infection management information not requires home passengers to put on face masks, so this requirement will not apply on board Wideroe’s flights,” a Wideroe airline’s spokeswoman Silje Brandvoll informed Norwegian Radio.

“We’re again – now additionally with no face masks!” Norwegian tweeted within the native language on Thursday.

The transfer comes in spite of everything three international locations eliminated most of their on the bottom Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions.

Every nation has reported success with their vaccine rollout and low instances and hospitalisation charges imply life has largely returned to regular.

Though masks gained’t be required in-flight throughout the three international locations, many airports within the area – similar to Stockholm’s Arlanda and Copenhagen’s Kastrup – do nonetheless have a masks rule in place.

“You will need to level out that those that nonetheless need to put on a face masks, both as a result of they’re fearful about an infection or need to be courteous to others, are in fact very welcome to take action,” stated Norwegian’s communications director, Esben Tuman.

Sweden eased most of its home Covid-related restrictions on the finish of September, with Well being and Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren saying: “The vital message is that we now take additional steps within the return to regular on a regular basis life.

“Our view has on a regular basis been that restrictions needs to be lifted as quickly as doable.”

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg introduced a three-phase plan for ending restrictions in September, saying: “Now the time has come to return to a standard every day life.”

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