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New rules on wearing masks in airports

On March 11, Thursday, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) issued Resolution RDC No. 477, changing the Board Resolution RDC No. 456, dated December 17, 2020, on wearing face masks in airports and airplanes.

In addition to confirming the mandatory use of masks in airport terminals, in the vehicles used to take passengers to and from remote stands, as well as in the other airside areas and aircraft, the Resolution establishes restrictions on the types of mask accepted.

It was determined that, as of March 25, 2021, the following types of mask will be banned: acrylic or plastic masks; masks with exhalation valves, including N95 and PFF2; scarves, bandannas, or any other material that does not constitute a protection mask for professional or non-professional use; face shields without a mask underneath; masks with only one single layer of cloth that do not meet the minimum requirements set forth in ABNT PR 1002 – Guide of basic requirements for testing, manufacturing, and wearing masks.

Additionally, the document establishes that the mask must fit snugly against the face, covering the nose and mouth and keeping the gaps through which air and particles may pass at a minimum. It is important to highlight that wearing a mask is not mandatory for passengers and users with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, sensory disabilities, or any other disability that may prevent them from wearing a mask properly, as certified by a medical certificate, as well children under three years of age.

Removing the mask is only allowed in the following cases:

- On airplanes, while drinking and, in the case of children under 12 years of age, elderly passengers and passengers who need special diets, also while eating.

- In food courts or areas exclusively used for meals in airport terminals.

- For children under 12 years of age, elderly passengers and passengers who need special diets, while drinking and eating in other areas of airport terminals, keeping least one-meter distance from other people.