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Finnair, VR drop mask requirement

The announcements come after Finland's public health authority THL ended its general face mask recommendation last week.

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The wearing of face coverings by customers and crew will no longer be required on all Finnair flights from Monday 25 April. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle
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National airline Finnair has announced the lifting of the requirement for passengers and cabin crew to wear face masks on board all flights. The change is effective from Monday 25 April.

The only exception is if the wearing of face coverings is an explicit requirement of the destination or departure country.

In a press release, the company added that passengers can still choose to wear a mask on all flights if they so wish, and that some countries do require both customers and staff to wear masks during both outbound and inbound flights.

"The aircraft is regarded as a low-risk environment for coronavirus transmission, thanks to effective air conditioning and other factors reducing the risk of transmission," Finnair Medical Director Kimmo Ketola wrote in the release.

He added that FFP2 or FFP3 masks provide "excellent protection" for passengers who want to use them, even if others on board choose not to wear a mask.

VR, Parliament also end mask recommendations

State rail operator VR also announced on Thursday that it was dropping its recommendation that passengers wear masks on all services from Thursday 21 April.

The company noted however that masks would still be available for purchase.

In addition, face masks will no longer be required in Parliament, with the order to wear the coverings expiring as of Thursday.

Parliament's Covid management team released a statement explaining that the decision was in line with the national recommendation issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) last week.

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