UPDATE 18. November 2021: COVID: Germany introduces new measures to curb the pandemic

UPDATE 15. November 2021: Austria Locks Down 2 Million Unvaccinated Citizens + Austrian police carry out routine checks as unvaccinated enter lockdown

UPDATE 12.November 2021: Creepy: Ticketmaster Plans to Check Vaccination Status of Concertgoers

ICYMI: HSBC Bank Threatens to Cancel Accounts if Customers Refuse to Wear Masks + HSBC Threatens Bank Account Termination For Refusing To Wear Masks + Delta Airlines Has Banned 460 ‘Anti-Maskers’ + Grounded: Delta Bans Travelers Who Refuse To Wear Masks

Latvia bans unvaccinated MPs from voting and suspends pay 

Latvia

By Euronews - 12.November 2021

Latvian MPs who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 will have their pay suspended and no longer be able to take part in parliamentary votes.

MPs approved the measure in a vote on Friday with 62 votes in favour in the 100-seat parliament.

"From November 15, an MP will be entitled to participate in the work of the Saeima [Latvia's Parliament] only if he or she has presented an interoperable COVID-19 certificate confirming the fact of vaccination or illness," the statement from the parliament press office states.

"The payment of a monthly salary and compensation will be suspended for a Saeima MP who will not be entitled to participate in the work of the parliament," it adds.

The measure also applies to local government lawmakers and will come into force as the country exits its latest one-month lockdown.

Paramedic Rebecca Hoke prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 11, 2021.

Paramedic Rebecca Hoke prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 11, 2021.  -Copyright AP Photo/LM Otero

Since October 21, all non-essential stores -- as well as cultural and leisure venues -- have been closed with public gatherings banned and private gatherings only allowed among one household. A nighttime curfew from 20:00 until 05:00 is also currently in force.

Starting next week, the country will enter a "green mode" with different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Only 53.6% of Latvia's 1.9 million population is fully vaccinated, well below the EU average of 64.9%.

The country is currently categorised as of "high concern" by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The public health agency noted that the hospital admission and occupancy rates in Latvia over the past week were among the highest in the 31 countries in the EU/EEA region.

The country has reported 236,765 infections since the beginning of the pandemic and 3,646 deaths.

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COVID: Germany introduces new measures to curb the pandemic

By Elliot Douglas, Rina Goldenberg - 18. November 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state premiers have decided on fresh restrictions. Parliament saw a heated debate over how best to respond to the dramatic increase in COVID infections.

Angela Merkel during the debate

Angela Merkel during the debate

German parliament approves new COVID law

Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state premiers on Thursday agreed on several measures to curb the pandemic. The leaders stressed the necessity of vaccinations for all employees of hospitals and nursing homes.

They also agreed on the introduction of "2G" restrictions for the unvaccinated in those regions where a certain hospitalization rate is exceeded. "2G" refers to a system only allowing free movement for leisure activities for the geimpft oder genesen — "vaccinated or recovered."

"It is absolutely time to act," Merkel said, speaking of the "very worrying" situation.

"We know we could be better off," the chancellor stressed, "if the vaccination gap wasn't so big."

Germany's vaccination quota stands at only around 68% and is even lower in the country's eastern and southern regions, where infection and hospitalization rates have reached record highs.

New benchmarks for restrictions

The so-called hospitalization incidence has become the new benchmark for introducing tougher regulations in Germany: If more than three per 100,000 inhabitants in a region are hospitalized with COVID, the 2G rule will apply for all public leisure activities in a given state. A value of six per 100,000 will require people to show an additional negative COVID test ("2G+"). From a value of nine, further measures such as contact restrictions are to be implemented.

Currently, all German states except Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland are above the value of three. Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are above the value of nine.

In response to the soaring numbers, the states of Saxony and Bavaria already imposed 2G restrictions earlier this month.

On Thursday, more than 65,000 new infections were registered across the country in 24 hours. Health officials are warning that the number is likely to at least double.

Remote work rules reinstated

Earlier on Thursday, the federal parliament voted on a set of measures proposed by the parties likely to make up the next federal government. [The new law was approved a day later by the upper house and will therefore take effect, Eds.]

The decision to amend the Infection Protection Act goes hand in hand with the decision not to extend the "epidemic situation of national concern" after it expires on November 25. This was introduced in March 2020 as the legal basis for Germany's federal government to be able to take nationwide action, such as imposing travel restrictions. 

The new legislation includes mandatory daily testing for employees and visitors of care homes, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

They also include "3G" rules (vaccinated, recovered, or tested") requiring people to show proof of full vaccination or recovery or a valid negative COVID test for workplaces and on public transport. Work from home rules would also be reinstated.

Free testing is here to stay

Rapid antigen tests will remain free of charge for everyone.

Germany's 16 states will be also able to retain and introduce protective measures. This includes restricting or prohibiting recreational, cultural, and sporting events, banning entry to healthcare facilities and the sale and public consumption of alcohol, and closing universities.

Measures will not include school closures, blanket travel restrictions, or mandatory vaccination. The new legislation includes the introduction of strict penalties of up to five years in prison for forgers of coronavirus documents and certificates. The forging of vaccine passports has become a large problem in Germany, according to police who say such fake documents can be sold for up to €400 ($452).

First test of power

Pushing the new legislation through parliament was seen as a first major test for the coalition of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party, and the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP), who are set to replace Angela Merkel's "grand coalition" government of center-right Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and SPD.

During the heated debate in the Bundestag, Germany's federal parliament, the SPD's Sabine Dittmar laid the blame for the current situation at the door of the outgoing CDU-led government, which she said had failed to curb infections by effectively promoting vaccination. "My urgent call is — vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!" she said.

But the CDU has launched into opposition mode, demanding that the emergency provisions that have shaped so much of the pandemic response in Germany be extended.

Conservative MP Stephan Stracke accused the prospective new coalition government of making its "first mistake."

"Case numbers are going up — and you are reducing restrictions. That is a mistake," he said, addressing the prospective coalition parties. "All this means — you do not have a plan for the pandemic."

FDP parliamentarian Marco Buschmann insisted that extending the special regulations beyond November 25 would only make sense if the government wanted to implement blanket business closures or lockdowns, including school closures. His party, Buschmann insisted, vehemently opposes such measures.

Tino Chrupalla, chairman of the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), expressed skepticism about how much vaccines have helped. His party is home to a substantial number of vaccine skeptics and coronavirus deniers. The AfD described many of Germany's lockdown restrictions in its 2021 election manifesto as "disproportionate," saying that many should be scrapped. It has also challenged several of them in court.

A number of the AfD members of parliament are currently unable to sit in the main plenary hall of the Bundestag, as they refuse to ascribe to 3G rules — they refuse to show documentation of vaccinations or recovery and will not allow themselves to be tested.

Prospective new coalition satisfied with decisions

"We are ending the current framework and implementing a new and legal framework to implement very effective measures," Green Party MP Johannes Wagner told DW after the debate.

In elaborating on what this means for Germans, Wagner said, "children and people who are vaccinated can not again suffer under the high numbers of people who are not vaccinated. That's why our legal framework provides very strict measures for people who are not vaccinated. They have to test to be able to work."

Wagner added, "I am for a mandatory vaccination for certain groups, not for the whole population," such as for "people who work in the hospitals."

Karl Lauterbach, a physician and a parliamentarian for the SPD, accused Angela Merkel's outgoing administration of failing to act quickly to prevent COVID-19 infection numbers from soaring.  

"I think that the pandemic fourth wave was underestimated. Some scientists were not really giving an alert, others were. There was a lot of wishful thinking in our government," he told DW after the session.

A professor in health economics and epidemiology, Lauterbach insisted that new rules proposed by the likely incoming SPD, Green Party and FDP government were enough to stop the spread of infection.

On whether the new measures can convince more people to be vaccinated: "I do think that at least part of these people can be convinced and will be convinced."

Questionable figures

Lothar Wieler, head of Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI), cast doubt on Thursday over the latest infection figures. He pointed to the well-known problem that real case numbers may be much higher due to a lag in reporting. The disease control agency chief called for quick and efficient action.

"The health system in some states can no longer cope with the situation," he said. "And the projections are bleak, really bleak. There is an emergency in our country, and anyone who cannot see it is making a big mistake."

More than 65,000 new infections were registered across the country in 24 hours. Health officials are warning that the number is likely to at least double.

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Austria Locks Down 2 Million Unvaccinated Citizens

By TN Editor - 15. November 2021

In an oxymoronic, logic-failed statement, the Technocrat chancellor of Austria said, “My aim is very clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated.” But, he has locked up the unvaccinated… all 2 million of them! They face huge fines and arrest if they don’t stay in their houses.

Police in Austria have begun carrying out routine checks on commuters to ensure compliance with a nationwide “lockdown for the unvaccinated”, as the Alpine country tries to get on top of one of the most rapidly rising infection rates in Europe.

The restrictions, which came into effect on Monday morning, will affect almost 2 million Austrian citizens aged 12 and older who have so far declined to get a jab against Covid-19. The 356,000 people who have been vaccinated only once can be released from lockdown if they show a negative PCR test.

Those who are found to be in breach of the rules face fines between €500 and €3,600.

“It can happen any time and anywhere,” the interior minister, Karl Nehammer of the Austrian People’s party, said of the police checks. “Every citizen has to expect to be checked.”

But a long list of exceptions has led critics to warn that the partial lockdown will be difficult to enforce: unvaccinated people will still be able to go to work with a negative test result, do essential shopping and outdoor physical exercise, meet their partner or other select individuals, and “satisfy their basic religious needs”.

Schoolchildren, who are tested regularly, are also exempt from the lockdown.

The measures, details of which were announced on Sunday by the chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, are provisionally designed to last for 10 days, though the government said it would discuss potential further restrictions on Wednesday, such as a nighttime curfew that would also apply to those who have been vaccinated.

“My aim is very clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated,”Schallenberg told ORF radio station.

The week before the new restrictions came into place, almost 130,000 people in Austria chose to be vaccinated for the first time, the highest weekly number recorded since the second week of July.

The far-right Freedom party has said it will seek legal action against the lockdown measures and announced plans to organise a protest in Vienna on Saturday.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

Author:

Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sut

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Austrian police carry out routine checks as unvaccinated enter lockdown

Experts warn rules will be hard to enforce, as country records highest Covid infection rate in western Europe

Austrian police officers stand guard as people gather in Vienna to protest against Covid restrictions.
Police officers stand guard as people gather in Vienna to protest against Covid restrictions. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty

Police in Austria have begun carrying out routine checks on commuters to ensure compliance with a nationwide “lockdown for the unvaccinated”, as the Alpine country tries to get on top of one of the most rapidly rising infection rates in Europe.

The restrictions, which came into effect on Monday morning, will affect almost 2 million Austrian citizens aged 12 and older who have so far not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Of those, the 356,000 people who have been vaccinated only once can be released from lockdown if they show a negative PCR test.

Those who are found to be in breach of the rules face fines between €500 and €3,600.

“It can happen any time and anywhere,” the interior minister, Karl Nehammer of the Austrian People’s party, said of the police checks. “Every citizen has to expect to be checked.”

However, a long list of exceptions has led critics to warn that the partial lockdown will be difficult to enforce: unvaccinated people will still be able to go to work with a negative test result, do essential shopping and outdoor physical exercise, meet their partner or other select individuals, and “satisfy their basic religious needs”.

Schoolchildren, who are tested regularly, are also exempt from the lockdown.

The measures, details of which were announced on Sunday by the chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, are provisionally designed to last for 10 days, though the government said it would discuss potential further restrictions on Wednesday, such as a nighttime curfew that would also apply to those who have been vaccinated.

“My aim is very clear: to get the unvaccinated to get vaccinated, not to lock up the unvaccinated,”Schallenberg told ORF radio station.

The week before the new restrictions came into place, almost 130,000 people in Austria chose to be vaccinated for the first time, the highest weekly number recorded since the second week of July.

The far-right Freedom party has said it will seek legal action against the lockdown measures and announced plans to organise a protest in Vienna on Saturday.

The leader of the Freedom party, Herbert Kickl, announced via Facebook on Monday afternoon that he would not be able to participate in the protest since he had tested positive for Covid-19 and would have to quarantine for 14 days.

Over the past week, Austria has recorded almost 840 new cases per 100,000 people, the highest infection rate in western Europe and the highest recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic. On Monday, Austria reported 11,889 new cases and 40 new deaths.

At 63%, the country’s vaccination rate is also the lowest in western Europe, though only a few percentage points lower than the 67% of the population fully vaccinated in Britain.

The UK, which has so far declined to reintroduce any curbs on social movement, has been recording a similar number of weekly Covid deaths relative to its population.

In Germany, the parties of the likely next government have also signalled they would be prepared to reintroduce some restrictions on social gatherings and checks of vaccine status or test results on public transport in an attempt to curb rising infection rates.

Author:

 @philipoltermann

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Creepy: Ticketmaster Plans to Check Vaccination Status of Concertgoers

By Cassandra Fairbanks - 12.November 2021

Ticketmaster is making plans for how they will handle the post-coronavirus world once concerts start back up — and their plans so far sound like something from a dystopian horror film.

So far, the corporation is floating the idea of using digital tickets that will show whether or not they have had a vaccine, or if they have recently tested negative.

To get around HIPPA laws, the concertgoers medical information will be stored with a third-party health care provider.

“We imagine there will be many third-party health care providers handling vetting – whether that is getting a vaccine, taking a test, or other methods of review and approval – which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified. Ticketmaster’s goal is to provide enough flexibility and options that venues and fans have multiple paths to return to events,” said Ticketmaster President Mark Yovich, according to a report from Fox 29.

Ticketmaster is also developing an app called SmartEvent, which will help event organizers plan social distancing at different venues.

Author:

Cassandra Fairbanks is a former leftist who came out in support of Donald Trump in 2016. She has been published in the International Business Times, RT, Sputnik, The Independent and countless other publications.

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ICYMI:

 

HSBC Threatens Bank Account Termination For Refusing To Wear Masks

By TN - 14. January 2021

Mask madness has infected global banks as HSBC has threatened to cut off bank accounts for anyone who refuses to wear a mask. This is blatant punishment that can cause catastrophic damage and financial loss to those afflicted. The UK is in a tailspin comparable to Alice in Wonderland, except it is Debby in Dystopia. ⁃ TN Editor

Wikimedia Commons, GTD Aquitaine

HSBC has said it will “reserve the right” to cancel the accounts of customers who refuse to wear masks inside its UK branches.

The British-based bank — the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) founded in 1865 — said that masks are mandatory in all branches unless visitors have a medical exemption.

A spokesman for HSBC told The Mirror on Tuesday that it advises its customers: “If you do visit us, please wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance from others. If individuals put themselves or our colleagues at risk, without a medical exemption, we reserve the right to withdraw their account.”

In December, the British multinational froze the account of a church in Hong Kong that backed the pro-democracy movement. That same month, HSBC also froze the accounts of exiled Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui, his wife, and his parents, reportedly under the orders of Chinese Communist Party-controlled police.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab criticised HSBC in July for its support of the CCP-backed security laws which resulted in the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

This week has also seen almost all major British supermarkets, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons, saying they will refuse entry to customers not wearing a mask, unless they have a medical exemption. Supermarkets like Tesco are also demanding shoppers shop alone, and several have said they have hired extra security to enforce the measures.

“Should a customer refuse to wear a covering without a valid medical reason and be in any way challenging to our colleagues about doing so, our security colleagues will refuse their entry,” an Asda spokesman said.

Reports revealed this week that German banking giant Deutsche Bank has decided cut ties with President Donald Trump, while New York lender Signature Bank has said that it will be closing down two of the Republican leader’s personal accounts.

Payment processor Stripe has also reportedly cut off President Trump’s campaign from its service. While e-commerce platform Shopify terminated stores affiliated with the President last week.

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HSBC Bank Threatens to Cancel Accounts if Customers Refuse to Wear Masks

By VICTORIA FRIEDMAN - 14. Januar 2021

HSBC has said it will “reserve the right” to cancel the accounts of customers who refuse to wear masks inside its UK branches.

A pedestrian wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks past a branch of a HSBC bank in central London on August 3, 2020. - HSBC on Monday revealed a 69-percent slump in net profits, joining a number of major bank whose earnings have been slammed …
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The British-based bank — the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) founded in 1865 — said that masks are mandatory in all branches unless visitors have a medical exemption.

A spokesman for HSBC told The Mirror on Tuesday that it advises its customers: “If you do visit us, please wear a face covering and maintain a safe distance from others. If individuals put themselves or our colleagues at risk, without a medical exemption, we reserve the right to withdraw their account.”

In December, the British multinational froze the account of a church in Hong Kong that backed the pro-democracy movement. That same month, HSBC also froze the accounts of exiled Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui, his wife, and his parents, reportedly under the orders of Chinese Communist Party-controlled police.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab criticised HSBC in July for its support of the CCP-backed security laws which resulted in the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

This week has also seen almost all major British supermarkets, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons, saying they will refuse entry to customers not wearing a mask, unless they have a medical exemption. Supermarkets like Tesco are also demanding shoppers shop alone, and several have said they have hired extra security to enforce the measures.

“Should a customer refuse to wear a covering without a valid medical reason and be in any way challenging to our colleagues about doing so, our security colleagues will refuse their entry,” an Asda spokesman said.

German Banking Giant Deutsche Bank Cuts Ties with President Trump: Report https://t.co/jacEQHB50E

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) January 12, 2021

Reports revealed this week that German banking giant Deutsche Bank has decided cut ties with President Donald Trump, while New York lender Signature Bank has said that it will be closing down two of the Republican leader’s personal accounts.

Payment processor Stripe has also reportedly cut off President Trump’s campaign from its service. While e-commerce platform Shopify terminated stores affiliated with the President last week.

Several Silicon Valley giants have also blacklisted President Trump from operating on platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Big Tech has also targetted the social media app Parler, which is part-owned by conservative American commentator Dan Bongino, who also owns a stake in YouTube competitor Rumble. Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores over the weekend, while Amazon kicked Parler off its AWS servers on Sunday.

The social network’s CEO John Matze said that the website would be unavailable “for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on Amazon’s proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products.”

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place,” the CEO said, adding: “We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”

Big corporations strike to unbank the right! Wall Street banks freeze political donations, threaten pro-Trump politicians with blacklisting! https://t.co/vcqQcW0NvN

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 12, 2021

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Delta Airlines Has Banned 460 ‘Anti-Maskers’

There are no laws or even FAA regulations that require airlines to enforce mandates to wear masks on flights. Rather, they obey arbitrary “guidelines” issued by a questionable quasi-federal agency, the CDC.

The airlines are digging their own graves as passenger miles and economic conditions decline.

By TN Editor - 26. Oktober 2020

Wikimedia Commons, or Quintin Soloviev

In a new memo, Delta Air Lines says it has banned more than 400 people from flying for not following the airline’s mask policy.

“As of this week, we’ve added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a message to employees.

In August, the airline said it had banned roughly 270 passengers since the outset of the pandemic. Delta (DAL) began requiring that passengers wear masks on flights on May 4. All major airlines now mandate that passengers wear masks in the absence of any new regulations from the federal government.

Airlines in June agreed to ban passengers from future flights for refusing to wear masks. But the airlines are not sharing information with one another about the passengers they have banned. So, for example, a passenger banned on Delta can still book a flight on American (AAL) and vice versa.

Major U.S. Airlines Announce Increased Enforcement of Face Coverings

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2020 – Today, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers will be vigorously enforcing face covering policies, putting rigor around rules requiring passengers and customer-facing employees to wear facial coverings over their nose and mouth. This is one critical element of the multiple layers that A4A carriers are implementing to mitigate risk and protect passengers and crew.

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines will be implementing the following policy updates regarding face coverings:

  1. Preflight Communications: Each airline will clearly articulate its individual face covering policy in communications with customers, which may require passengers to acknowledge the specific rules during the check-in process.
  2. Onboard Announcements: Onboard the aircraft, crew members will announce specific details regarding the carrier’s face covering policy including the consequences passengers could face for violating the policy.
  3. Consequences for Noncompliance: Each carrier will determine the appropriate consequences for passengers who are found to be in noncompliance of the airline’s face covering policy up to and including suspension of flying privileges on that airline.

“U.S. airlines are very serious about requiring face coverings on their flights. Carriers are stepping up enforcement of face coverings and implementing substantial consequences for those who do not comply with the rules,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Face coverings are one of several public health measures recommended by the CDC as an important layer of protection for passengers and customer-facing employees.”

The measures are expected to remain in place throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“Fly Healthy. Fly Smart.”

Last month, A4A unveiled a new public awareness campaign, “Fly Healthy. Fly Smart.” which helps educate the traveling public on measures airlines are implementing as well as reminding the traveling public of steps they can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Airlines Take Action

In addition to enforcement of face covering policies, passengers may see several other changes and updates to the travel experience.

  • At check-in counters and gate areas, travelers may see agents sanitizing counters and kiosks. Some airlines have installed plexiglass shields over the counters to provide additional protection, and some have marked the floors to ensure appropriate distance is maintained.
  • All A4A member airlines have aircraft equipped with HEPA filters, which help generate hospital-grade air quality. The CDC has said that, “Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights.”
  • U.S. airlines have implemented intensive cleaning protocols, in some cases to include electrostatic cleaning and fogging procedures. Carriers are working around the clock to sanitize cockpits, cabins and key touchpoints – including tray tables, armrests, seatbelts, buttons, vents, handles and lavatories – with EPA-approved disinfectants. Airlines have increased the frequency of deep cleaning procedures for both domestic and international flights.
  • Carriers have implemented a range of policies – including back-to-front boarding and adjusting food and beverage services – to help allow for distancing between people.
  • As an additional layer of protection, A4A’s member airlines have encouraged the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to begin conducting temperature screenings.

Passenger Responsibilities

  • All passengers are required to wear a face covering throughout the travel journey on the leading U.S. airlines, as clearly stated on each airline’s website.
  • Additionally, travelers are urged to stay home when ill, frequently wash their hands and to wear a face covering throughout their air travel journey, consistent with CDC guidance.

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Grounded: Delta Bans Travelers Who Refuse To Wear Masks

A Delta flight from Detroit turned around after some passengers removed their masks and then refused to put them back on. It has now created a “no-fly list” for such cantankerous travelers who will not be allowed on any Delta flight in the future. Will refusing to wear a face mask soon be equated to terrorism?

By TN Editor - 02. September 2020

Wikimedia Commons, Andrei Dimofte

Delta Air Lines has placed more than 240 people on a “no fly list” for failing to comply with its mandatory mask policy, CEO Ed Bastian said in a memorandum to employees on Thursday.

“Although rare, we continue to put passengers who refuse to follow the required face-covering rules on our no-fly list,” Bastian said in the memo, which highlighted the airline’s new hub facility in Salt Lake City.

There is currently no federal mandate on masks in airports or on airplanes, forcing each airline to implement its own regulations.

Delta customers and employees are required to wear a face mask or appropriate cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, aligning with best practice guidelines form the CDC, according to the company’s website.

“As we all work toward the recovery, it’s vital that we continue to stay focused on the drive to provide the safest, cleanest airports, aircraft and workspaces possible,” Bastian said.

Face coverings are required across all Delta touchpoints, including the lobby check-in, Delta Sky Clubs, boarding gate areas, jet bridges, and onboard the aircraft, with the exemption of limited time while eating and drinking.

Passengers on major U.S. airlines are required to check a box that confirms they will follow the airline’s mask rules, and airline gate agents can deny boarding to anyone not wearing a mask prior to a flight, Reuters reported.

Delta said they continue to find ways to keep passengers safe aboard flights.

“We also are rolling out a new program, developed in partnership with our expert advisors at the Mayo Clinic, to proactively identify U.S. counties currently experiencing a higher risk of COVID-19 spread,” Bastian said. “On a weekly basis going forward, we plan to notify Delta people living in these “high risk” counties via targeted email so they can take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families.”

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