New rules for the use of masks in airports and airplanes

Stricter measures start on Thursday 25 March.
Publicado em 25/03/2021 12h53

From Thursday 25 March on travelers should be aware of the new rules issued by Anvisa regarding the circulation in airports and boarding aircraft. To increase protection against the new coronavirus, the Agency will be more rigorous about the use of masks.  

What changes?  

To protect the health of travelers, masks must be well adjusted to the face, covering the nose and mouth, without openings that allow the entry or exit of air and respiratory droplets. With the changes approved on Thursday, models that do not guarantee this protection will no longer be accepted at airports and aircraft.  

Head bands, scarves and face shields, when used without a mask underneath, will not be allowed, as well as masks made of acrylic or transparent plastic and those having exhalation valves, even if the traveler is a professional.  

Fabric masks, either hand or industrially made, using materials such as cotton and tricoline are still allowed, but they must have more than one layer of protection and be appropriately adjusted to the face.  

Inside aircraft and at the airport terminals, removing the mask will only be allowed for hydration or to feed children under the age of twelve, the elderly and travelers with diseases that require a special diet. If those passengers need hydration or feeding outside the aircraft, they must observe the minimum distance of one meter in relation to other travelers. The mandatory use of masks does not apply to food courts during the meal.  

People with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, sensory disabilities or any other problems that prevent them from using the protection properly as well as children under three years of age will not be required to use a face protection.  

The enforcement of more requirements related to the use of masks in airport boundaries is one of the actions devised and updated by Anvisa based on scientific evidence, according to the evolution of the epidemiological context in Brazil and in the world. “The Agency intends to contribute to the implementation of a new Brazilian health culture through the behavioral change of the population towards a new kind of behavior regarding the control of the pandemic”, concluded director Alex Campos.