The authorities in Norway announced that passengers in local operations as well as those working in services between this country and the other Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Denmark, will no longer have to wear face masks as the authorities have canceled such a requirement.
The face mask requirement that has been in place for months now was put in place to prevent a further increase in the number of COVID-19 infections after authorities in Scandinavia lifted travel restrictions, TheSchengen.com reports.
This decision was also announced through an announcement posted on Twitter by Swedish journalist Peter Swid.
The Norwegian airline has announced that travelers in its domestic operations and on services between Norway, Sweden and Denmark will not be required to wear face masks, with reports indicating that other airlines in the region will follow suit. Norwegian airlines have announced that people will no longer need to wear masks when traveling domestically or in Scandinavia. This comes after Scandinavia lifted restrictions,” Sweden noted on Twitter.
According to local media in Norway, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian, Widerøe and Flyr will cancel requirements for face masks on all routes between Denmark, Norway and Sweden, starting today, October 18.
A total of 195,039 people have been tested positive for coronavirus in Norway, since the start of the pandemic, based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). The same source shows that 1,161,264 people in Sweden were infected with the Corona virus during the same period, while 14,926 people died. Meanwhile, the authorities in Denmark have recorded 36,607 cases of COVID-19 and 2,676 deaths.
However, Scandinavian countries have recently reported declining rates of COVID-19 infection, which has allowed authorities to rescind the majority of travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the virus and protect the lives of citizens.
Progress in launching vaccination in these countries has also helped the authorities ease some travel restrictions and gradually return to daily life.
“We believe that the time now depends on the situation of infection in the country,” John Eckhoff, director of press at SAS, noted in this regard to the Norwegian channel TV2.
However, travelers planning to travel outside of Scandinavia will still be subject to the requirement for mandatory face masks on board.
Regarding mandatory face mask requirements, a survey previously conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that most travelers support face covering requirements for a short period of time while emphasizing that they believe air travel is safe.
Based on a survey conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 11 huge markets, among 4,700 air passengers in May, 85 percent of them believed that planes had been thoroughly disinfected and clean.