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Airlines applaud the government’s decision to make mask use outside optional.

AirAsia Philippines, a low-cost airline, said on Tuesday that the government’s move to make wearing face masks outside optional would further boost economic activity since it will encourage more people to fly.

An executive order (EO) that permits the voluntary use of face masks in outdoor settings, particularly in wide spaces and unpopulated outdoor locations with sufficient ventilation, was signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday.

“The signing of EO No. 3 is opportune since we are expecting more foreign and local guests during ‘ber’ months,” the carrier’s spokesperson, Steve Dailisan, said in a statement. “People may finally enjoy the fresh air outdoors and have a sense of normalcy in our day-to-day life.”

He argued that the change is a positive one that will increase the number of leisure travelers.

The public is still required to wear face masks in enclosed areas like airplanes and airports, according to AirAsia.

We are still dedicated to enforcing the strict health rules on the ground and in the air that the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) and the aviation regulatory agencies have established, according to Dailisan.

In the meantime, the officer in charge of the Public Affairs Department of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Ma, has stated that wearing a face mask may still be necessary for some outdoor areas of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. said Consuelo Bungag.

She claimed that there are instances where social distance is not observed in places like the arrival extension and the departure curbside.

She advised reporters that masks might be needed in those locations.

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