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Face coverings now mandatory at all Canadian airports


MONTREAL, April 17, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Although many travellers are already wearing face coverings at airports, following Transport Canada’s directive today, it is now mandatory for anyone travelling through Canadian airports to wear a face-covering over mouths and noses as an additional safeguard for airline customers and crew. This requirement will apply to customers at various points in Canadian airports, during the boarding process and during flight as may be directed by airline staff where social distancing is not possible.

The requirement, effective April 20, follows a Directive issued today by the Minister of Transport of Canada requiring travellers to wear protective face-coverings at various stages of their air travel journey. Pursuant to the Ministerial Directive travellers will be required to show that they have a suitable face covering prior to boarding all flights. Travellers who do not have their own face-covering will be provided with a suitable mask at security by CATSA.

Air Canada check-in. From the minute you walk through the doors at Canadian airports you must wear a protective face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and when checking in you must keep your distance.

In a statement release by Air Canada they say since early April, their airline “has been strongly recommending that all customers wear a face-covering over their mouths and noses while onboard its flights following revised recommendations by the Public Health Agency of Canada.”

With today’s Ministerial Directive, airline customers on all itineraries must wear such protection at check-in, at time of boarding, and upon entering the aircraft where social distancing is not possible. Customers will be asked to lower their masks to facilitate full ID checks as required by Canadian regulations at check-in. While on board, customers will be required to wear their face coverings, in accordance with the Ministerial Directive and in accordance with the directions from the cabin crew.

Air Canada flight crew. photo by Air Canada

Customers may bring their own face covering which may include a cloth mask, scarf or similar item. See PHAC website (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html) for examples of recommended non-medical coverings. Critical medical-grade masks will continue to be strictly reserved for frontline workers.

Air Canada says they have also “implemented social (physical) distancing where possible during boarding and where feasible, on-board its aircraft, with as few people sitting next to one another as possible.”

Air Canada also recommends customers check-in online or via the Air Canada App prior to arriving at airports to minimize social contact at airport check-in areas.

Additional information about Air Canada’s preventative measures are at: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/travel-news-and-updates/2020/covid-19-preventive-measures.html

with notes from Air Canada

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