British holidaymakers will not be required to wear masks on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights following the Government’s announcement that all Covid travel measures will end on Friday. MailOnline has more.
British Airways customers will only need to wear a face covering on board flights if their destination requires it, while Virgin Atlantic said it would be “gradually” removing compulsory mask rules from tomorrow – starting with Caribbean flights from London and Manchester.
The airlines welcomed the move after Heathrow announced they would be scrapping mandatory face coverings for passengers from March 16th amid the “continued success of the vaccine” and as society “learns to live with Covid long-term”.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday the changes will allow “greater freedom in time for Easter” and will mean “you can travel just like in the good old days”.
Heathrow said they “strongly encourage” those at the airport to continue wearing a face covering – particularly when coming into close contact with others – although this will no longer be a firm requirement.
The change will take effect in all of Heathrow’s terminals, rail stations and office buildings.