Brussels, Europe- In some places, face masks are still essential and mandatory on public transport but still, but some of the passengers do not bother, as per the reports.
To illustrate the point, reporters counted 200 passengers on the route of tram 92 between Stefania and Schaerbeek station: only 93 were wearing a mask.
The face mask mandate has been dropped by airlines such as TUI Belgium and Brussels Airlines, and facial masks are no longer needed to enter shops and supermarkets. The measure for wearing a mask on public transport and platforms remains in place.
Moreover, the next Consultative Committee has been scheduled to take place on May 6, but the meeting was postponed to allow more time for infection rates to subside.
The meeting that has now been scheduled for May 20, when the remaining measures will be discussed as well as measures for masks on public transport, will likely be lifted.
Along with this, the meeting has now been scheduled for May 20, when the remaining measured will be discussed and measures for masks on public transport will likely be lifted.
Yet it seems that many travellers have taken it upon themselves to decide when to wear a mask, with some even claiming to be unaware of current regulations: “I didn’t know we had to wear a mask,” one of them shared the information, in spite of the obligation being indicated on platforms and in trams, while also being declared on the per-day basis.
Other passengers mentioned in the statement, “nobody is wearing masks anymore”, as well as questioned the necessity of observing the requirement.
In addition, the Brussels public transport operator STIB claims that the majority of travellers still wear masks. They question the validity of such a small investigation as well as say that the results are distorted.
Furthermore, STIB spokesperson An Van Hamme acknowledged that “more and more passengers do not respect the obligation, especially because it is no longer mandatory elsewhere. Some people have forgotten it, don’t have a mask with them, or simply think it is no longer necessary.”