Facial coverings now mandatory when flying with Lufthansa Group

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Despite adjustments to various procedures while on board an aircraft, social distancing is not always possible. Therefore, in order to increase the protection of passengers and crew from the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, beginning Monday, May 4, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group are requiring that all passengers wear a facial mouth/nose covering for use while on board their flights. Furthermore, it is recommended that passengers wear this protective covering throughout their entire journey, for example, at the airport before and after the flight, and whenever the required minimum distance cannot be guaranteed without restriction. All Lufthansa Group flight attendants in direct contact with customers will also be required to wear a corresponding mask.

Under these new guidelines, passengers are asked to bring their own facial mouth/nose covering. A reusable fabric mask is recommended, but all other types of coverings, such as disposable masks or scarves, are also sound alternatives.

This newly introduced requirement is in line with many European countries’ official guidelines and regulations, whereby facial coverings are now mandatory in public. The obligation to wear the mask while on board will preliminarily apply until August 31, 2020.

Furthermore, and as a result of this new regulation, the middle seat that has thus far been left vacant in Economy and Premium Economy Class, will no longer remain a necessity, as the facial covering provides the necessary protection. Yet, currently, due to a decrease in flight demand, seats will be allocated as far apart as possible throughout the cabin.

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