The European Commission published the plan on opening borders and tourism in the EU countries. According to the Commission, airlines and airports should insist on wearing masks by the passengers, as Reuters reported.
“The Commission unveiled sweeping proposals aimed at ensuring people can start traveling safely across the continent again as governments try to revive tourism and airline industries brought to a halt by the coronavirus,” the message said.
It is noted that the proposals of the Commission include the point that the airlines and airports should insist passengers wear masks. Moreover, the passengers should keep luggage and movement in the cabin to a minimum to reduce contact with staff.
Besides, the airports should reorganize check-ins, dropoffs, and luggage pickups to avoid crowds.
It is also mentioned that the guidelines are not obligatory but they may help to form the basis for the governments and companies as the restrictions caused by the pandemic were lifted. In the next few weeks, these offers will be considered in detail in the reports of the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Center for Disease Control.
On March 18, the European Union closed the border for all minor travels due to the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions do not spread on the long-term residents of the EU, members of the families of the EU citizens, and diplomats. Besides, there are exceptions for doctors, nurses and experts who help to fight coronavirus.
Later, the European Commission invited the EU member states to extend the regime of closing external borders until June 15.