easyJet has announced that it will be making a new change for passengers in the UK on Sunday which will affect all passengers. The airline said it would drop its mandatory mask-wearing policy from Sunday March 27 on flights where it is not a legal requirement at either end of the route.

This means that on flights within the UK, including Jersey – excluding routes to and from Scotland where the general face covering rule is still in force – as well as on flights between the UK and Denmark, Gibraltar, Iceland and Hungary, customers and crew will no longer be required to wear masks. Passengers on easyJet flights will still be required to wear masks to and from destinations that mandate mask wearing.

It comes as all major travel restrictions were lifted last week for arrivals to and from the UK. Travel agencies have welcomed the permanent removal of restrictions.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said lifting the requirements, which include pre-travel testing for those who have not been vaccinated, would allow “greater freedom in time for Easter” to go abroad. The Department for Transport (DfT) said a “range of contingency measures” would be kept in reserve so ministers could take “swift and proportionate action” in the face of potential new variants.

The department said they would only be “implemented in extreme circumstances”, but it was understood the measures would include targeted testing in a country that has seen a new strain emerge. Derek Jones, managing director of Kuoni, a tourism company, said bookings had increased in recent months for destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius, the Caribbean and Europe.

“Removing all travel restrictions is a game-changer – people can now go on holiday or visit family and friends abroad without all the stress of testing before returning home,” a- he declared. “The trip was turned upside down for two years, but now it’s back.”

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