Travelers in Brazil are no longer obligated to wear masks at airports or on airplanes per a new government directive, effective immediately.
Brazil No Longer Requires Masks On Airplanes Or In Airports
After two years of strict masking regulations, Brazil is finally loosening up its mandatory masking as coronavirus cases continue to decline. ANVISA, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, announced the news on Wednesday with immediate effect.
It was only in May that Brazil began allowing food and beverage service on domestic flights. During the pandemic, masks were compulsory for the entire duration of every domestic flight, with no exceptions granted for eating and drinking. At the time Alex Machado Campos, the Director of ANVISA, noted:
“The measures need to be gradual; the risks need to be continuously evaluated and weighed. The layers of protection aim to allow the monitoring of the benefits brought by new measures implemented and any associated risks.”
While passengers are still “strongly advised” to wear mask, the reaction by Azul Airlines seems to reflect the sentiment:
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Indeed, Jason Ward, Vice President of People and Customers at Azul, told Simple Flying:
“We are excited about the news, because thanks to the advance of vaccination efforts and the reduction of COVID-19 cases throughout the entire country, air travel is returning to normal. Now, the smiles of our crew and our clients, which were previously hidden, will now be seen onboard our flights.”
LATAM and GOL Linhas Aéreas have also announced that masking is now optional.
Brazil has finally eliminated mandatory masking onboard flights and in airports. Those who are more vulnerable are encouraged to continue to mask up, but as Azul points out, it will be nice to see smiles once again.