Mexico airports scrap mandatory masks in terminals and on flights

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Airport masks are now optional in Mexico. File photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Mexico no longer requires face masks on flights and in airports, aligning its standards with the United States.

The Mexican Federal Civil Aviation Agency confirmed the end of the mask-wearing era on Wednesday.

The US dropped its mask mandate for travelers in April.

Mexico’s decision comes as resorts prepare for the winter tourist rush. Cancún has already proven popular post-lockdown. An estimated 25 million more tourists will arrive before the end of the year. The expected 10% gain over 2019 would break all records for visitors. Cancún’s airport has already streamlined the entry process to avoid crowds.

The mask mandate was confusing to travelers because Mexico had reopened long before many other destinations.

Coronavirus infections are reportedly way down in recent weeks, although government officials have stopped issuing daily reports.

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