Canada will still require travelers to wear masks on planes – despite a Judge in the United States recently overturning the U.S. government’s mask mandate for public transport.
This means that masks will still be required when onboard airplanes – including when inside airport terminals – as well as on trains, buses, and when using other forms of public transport in – and around – Canada. The only exception to this has been Uber, which removed its mask mandate for both the U.S. and Canada earlier in the week.
Passengers onboard a flight that is operated by a Canadian airline – along with any flight that is departing from or arriving into the country – will also be required to wear a face mask.
Canada’s Mask Mandate For Planes Has Already Been Around For Two Years
The mask mandate for planes – which was originally announced by the nation’s Transportation Minister, Marc Garneau – has been around for two years already.
The original rules of the mandate stated that travelers would be required to wear a mask:
- at screening checkpoints inside Canadian airports
- when the screeners are unable to maintain 2 meters distance between themselves and the traveler
- when travelers are unable to physically distance themselves from one another
- when directed to do so by airline employees or a public health official.
Travelers have also been continually advised to follow the government’s guidance on Covid-19 mask use – which was created to provide information on where and when to wear a face covering.
How Much Longer Will Canada’s Mask Mandate For Public Transport Be In Effect?
At this moment there has been no ‘end date’ given as to when masks will no longer be required onboard a plane – or when traveling by other public transit – in Canada.
Instead of providing information on when passengers will be able to travel on public transport without the need to wear a face mask, a spokesperson for Canada’s Transport Minister explained the government’s approach to mask-wearing in an email:
“We are taking a layered approach to keeping travelers safe, and masks remain an incredibly useful tool in our arsenal against COVID-19”.
As well as being required to wear a face mask when traveling into the country, there is also a requirement for visitors to wear a face mask – when in indoor public areas – for the next 14 days after their arrival into Canada.
One Of Canada’s Biggest Universities Extends Its Mask Mandate
It is not only on public transport that face mask rules are continuing to be enforced, with one of Canada’s biggest – and most prestigious – universities having recently extended their mask mandate.
The University of British Columbia announced the news just a few days ago – saying that their mask mandate, which is applicable to any of the university’s indoor public spaces, will be extended until 30 June.
Latest Countries And Companies To Remove Their Mask Mandates
Although passengers traveling to, from, or inside Canada are still required to wear a face covering when using public transport, there are a number of countries and companies around the world that have recently removed their mask mandates.
And, just yesterday (21 April) we reported that Walt Disney World had scrapped its mask requirements across all of its parks.
Last week it was announced that masks will no longer be required onboard Croatia Airline flights – which saw the company join a growing list of other airlines that no longer require passengers to wear a face mask.
Spain has also just relaxed its rules surrounding the requirement to wear a face mask – with masks no longer a legal requirement when inside indoor public spaces.
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