Canada to require most airport workers, flight crews to wear masks: transport minister

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will require most airport workers and flight crews to wear non-medical masks from June 4, but pilots will be exempt while they are on the flight deck, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Wednesday.

a group of people standing on top of a metal fence: FILE PHOTO: A traveller wearing a mask enters the international departures lounge amid a growing global number of coronavirus cases at Pearson Airport in Toronto (C) Reuters/CHRIS HELGREN FILE PHOTO: A traveller wearing a mask enters the international departures lounge amid a growing global number of coronavirus cases at Pearson Airport in Toronto Marc Garneau wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Canada's Minister of Transport Marc Garneau speaks in the House of Commons as legislators convene at the House of Commons in Ottawa (C) Reuters/BLAIR GABLE FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau speaks in the House of Commons as legislators convene at the House of Commons in Ottawa

Airline passengers have been required to wear masks since April.

Rail workers will be provided masks and passengers will be asked to have one at hand in case they are not able to physically distance.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer and Kelsey Johnson, Editing by Franklin Paul)