EU states agree coronavirus standards for air travel, Germany says

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FILE PHOTO: Passengers wearing face masks sit on a plane at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, June 20, 2020. REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany / file photo

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Union states have agreed on common hygiene standards such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks on planes and at airports to help curb the spread of new coronavirus, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said on Thursday.

“I am happy that the German proposal has been accepted by my colleagues at European level and that we have been able to agree on these uniform standards,” Scheuer said at a European aviation conference.

Measures agreed to include mouth and nose protection for passengers aged six and over and social distancing at airports during security checks and check-in. A high quota of fresh air in airplanes must be guaranteed and information must be available in several languages.

However, a middle seat should not be left free on airplanes.

The common regulations at least meet some of the demands of the airlines, as different standards have caused confusion.

Germany’s transport ministry said a deal had been reached by officials and had yet to be formally approved by ministers.

Reporting by Markus Wacket; Written by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Mark Potter

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