Both major airlines serving the island have said they will continue to require passengers to don face coverings/masks when onboard even after the legal requirement to wear them ends.
As announced by PM Boris Johnson on Monday, the law requiring people to wear masks on public transport in England will end on July 19. However airlines, including easyJet and Loganair have already said they will continue to require their passengers to wear them.
Speaking to Gef, a Loganair spokeswoman said the airline will ‘continue to require customers on every flight to wear face coverings, unless medically exempt, when Government requirements change in the near future’.
She said that Loganair has also taken account of the possibility of different regulations for public transport across the four nations of the UK, where each gov is able to set its own regulations so to avoid confusion, the airline will bring in a one size fits all policy for its aircraft.
Chief Operations Officer Maurice Boyle said: ‘Safety and security is always Loganair’s top priority. We believe that a consistent policy across our route network will provide assurance and confidence for each and every customer – and that confidence has been at the forefront of Loganair’s efforts to fly continuously throughout the pandemic to deliver essential connectivity across the UK. Therefore, unless a customer is medically exempt from the need to wear a face covering, we’ll be keeping the requirement to wear one in place on every Loganair flight. We’ll keep this under regular review and communicate future changes when the time is right for those to be made.’
Meanwhile easyJet has already confirmed in the British press that it will also require passengers to wear masks, unless they are medically exempt.
The airline said: ‘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 (World Health Organization), Icao (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Easa (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and public health authorities across Europe, and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged.’
Gef has also asked the Steam Packet for clarification as to its policy from July 19.