Air travellers are now required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth while moving through Canadian airports and on board flights.
The new regulations, ordered by the Canadian government last week, are in effect beginning Monday, April 20 and apply to all flights arriving or departing from Canada, as well as all Canadian airports.
In a memo posted to the Vancouver International Airport’s website, travellers are reminded that part of the check-in process will now ask travellers to confirm that they have a mask – which does not need to be medical grade – before travelling.
No masks will be provided by the airport or airlines, and travellers may be turned away at the discretion of the airline or CATSA. It is the airline’s responsibility to notify passengers.
Physical distancing measures will still need to be respected when moving through the airport.
There are some exceptions:
• Children under 2 and passengers with breathing difficulties unrelated to COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask.
• At the boarding gate, passengers will be asked to step back to an appropriate distance before removing their mask to verify identity before being allowed to board. The same will take place at the customs-controlled area or when travellers are required to have their photo taken.
• During a flight, passengers do not need to wear a mask while eating, drinking, taking medications or when their safety could be endangered.
For more information, visit the YVR website.