Published on : Saturday, April 18, 2020
On April 17, the Canadian transport department outlined new measures that require passengers to wear a face mask as they fly. The measure will begin on April 20. Any passengers flying to and from Canada will now have to wear a face mask. Airlines and authorities have been provided the permission to deny travel if a passenger is found without wearing or owning a face mask.
The required masks will have to be non-medical in nature and have to cover the nose and mouth area. The directive would be applicable to passengers departing or arriving in Canada. Masks would be used throughout a journey. It will be mandatory for passengers to wear masks at times when maintaining physical distancing or recommended social distancing of six feet would not be possible.
Masks should be worn especially when a passenger is when coming in contact with another person, such as during check-in or security screening. It would also be compulsory to use masks when asked by airline or public health officials. Passengers should also be aware of their physical surroundings when wearing a mask. However, they can be asked to take off masks when entering the security checkpoint to match the photo identification.
The mandatory usage of masks has been advised as there have been numerous reports about travelers unknowingly carrying the virus and spreading to other residents in their final destination. Wearing a mask can alleviate the risk of contracting any illness on the aircraft. A mask can also prevent one from acquiring any kind of germs as well as put a stop to own droplets from being spread to others. It would also mitigate the chance of airline or airport crew from acquiring illness from passengers.
Transport Canada is yet to give an end date regarding wearing mask while travelling. Considering the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the risk factors associated even after the trying time pass, it is safe to say that the measure would remain in action for an indefinite period of time.