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Face masks are no longer mandatory in flights, announced by the Ministry of Civil Aviation

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that consultations were held with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding the mandatory use of masks or face covers during air travel.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask during air travel. The Government of India withdrew the rule on Wednesday. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in an order on Wednesday asked airlines to inform all passengers in this regard.

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According to the order, airlines will now tell passengers that wearing a mask on board the flight will depend on the person’s ‘will’ but is no longer mandatory. The order further states, ‘..in line with the COVID-19 management response policy of the Government of India, the in-flight (crew) can only say that in view of the threat posed by COVID-19, it would be better for all passengers to Use mask/face cover.”

It further states that now there is no need to make announcements regarding fine/punitive action etc. for not wearing a mask inside the flight. The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that consultations were held with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding the mandatory use of masks or face covers during air travel. Only after that it was decided not to make it mandatory for the passengers to wear masks.

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently issued orders reiterating the mandate to wear masks. The most recent order came in August. It asked all Indian airlines to strictly implement COVID-19 protocols and ensure that passengers are wearing their masks properly, and take action against those who fail to follow the rule.

Although now in a new order, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday that it is not mandatory to wear masks during air travel, but they should use masks despite the decreasing number of corona virus cases. According to the latest official data, the number of patients under treatment for corona virus infection in the country has come down to 7,561, which is 0.02 percent of the total cases. At the same time, the national rate of recovery of patients is 98.79 percent. A total of 4,41,28,580 people have become infection free in the country so far, while the death rate from Covid-19 is 1.19 percent.

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