Virgin Atlantic bans cabin crew from socialising due to Covid fears

Virgin Atlantic flight crew have been banned from socialising collectively amid considerations that out-of-hours partying runs the chance of spreading coronavirus amongst workers.

Cabin crew and pilots have been instructed to not eat or socialise collectively, or with workers from different flights, regardless of spending as much as 12 hours working alongside one another on worldwide flights.

Virgin bosses additionally knowledgeable crew that they need to stay in bubbles of 4 folks most when “socialising inside”.

It’s understood that the brand new rule has been launched because of fears of staff contracting coronavirus and flights being cancelled because of workers illness.

The directive has been in place since 21 December.

Such guidelines will not be believed to have been imposed on different carriers.

Martin Chalk, common secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Affiliation (Balpa), the union representing pilots, argues that the restrictions needs to be lifted with speedy impact.

“The challenges confronted and overcome by pilots and our cabin crew colleagues in the course of the pandemic, notably the overblown and oppressive necessities in some locations, are illustrated by the difficulties this airline is attempting to handle,” he mentioned.

“Airline crew already spend appreciable time away from their household and mates. These requested restrictions needs to be lifted as shortly as potential to allow them to help one another as regular whereas away from dwelling.”

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic informed The Unbiased that the airline is “actively reviewing whether or not this coverage remains to be vital”.

They mentioned: “We proceed to take pre-emptive measures to uphold operational and staffing resilience, all the time placing the well being and security of our folks and our prospects first.

“Alongside any native necessities, momentary measures are in place for our crews to minimise the chance of Covid-19 transmission whereas they’re abroad. This steerage to our folks means we guarantee they keep wholesome and effectively and keep away from flight disruption or cancellations for purchasers.

“These measures are stored underneath fixed evaluate and shall be maintained solely as lengthy is critical.”

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